Oxygen Has Two Fundamentally Important Properties:
It supports combustion and it supports life. The first commercial use of oxygen was for limelight illumination in the atres, but oxygen has been used in welding and medicine since the turn of the century and in steel production since the 1950s.
Oxygen is used by many industries in a variety of oxidation processes. Mixed with fuel gases, oxygen provides a heat source for many welding, cutting and metal fabrication processes. Oxygen-fed furnaces and burners are also found in non-ferrous metal plants, brick making kilns, pulp and paper mills, and in glass manufacturing.
Oxygen-enhanced combustion increases productivity and helps to reduce harmful combustion by-products.
Key Properties: Supports combustion and life, chemical bleaching and oxidizing agent.
- Iron and steel processing.
- Life support (breathing mixtures).
- Enhanced fermentation.
- Fuel gas oxidant.
- Welding and cutting.
- Rocket fuel mixtures.
- Water oxygenation for watercourses and waste water treatment.
- Controlled-rate and high energy combustion.
- Enrichment of combustion atmospheres in glass-making and non-ferrous.
- Smelting and brick making.