Small amounts of hydrofluoric acid (HF) in a moist organic process system are corroding the glass site glasses in the process piping, especially at the vapor-liquid interface. Initially the glass etches over so you cannot see through them; finally the glass is completely penetrated.Is there a sight glass material available that will beter tolerate this process stream?
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Brian Dalder Forum Moderator 177 Posts
Re: Hydrofluoric acid corroding glass site glasses31 July 2008 at 1:29pmA possible alternative to glass sight glasses for hydrofluoric acid (HF) service are plastics. Acrylic sight glasses are readily available and resistant to dilute concentrations of HF. One potential problem with acrylics is that they are not resistant to most organics at mid to high concentrations. The reader does not indicate the purpose of the sight glasses. If they are being used to detect interfaces for separation of organic/water layers there are instruments available that can detect phase changes which could eliminate the need for sight glasses. HF is a difficult chemical to deal with, good luck!