Emergency Chlorine Scrubber


  • Factory-assembled for easy installation
  • Proven in independent testing under a catastrophic one-ton gas release
  • Skid-mounted
  • Compact, low profile enables indoor installations
  • FRP construction for strength and corrosion resistance
  • Integral secondary containment
  • Heat trace and insulation
  • Designed to contain and treat up to eight 150-lb chlorine cylinders
  • Minimum maintenance at remote, unmanned locations


  • The emergency chlorine vapor scrubbing system is a three-stage chemical absorption system consisting of a horizontal cross flow spray system followed by two horizontal cross flow packed bed sections.
  • An induced draft fan pulls vapors through the scrubber, where intimate contact with a recirculating caustic solution results in the complete absorption and removal of chlorine or sulfur dioxide vapors.
  • A high efficiency mist eliminator is located in the gas stream, prior to exhaust, to remove any residual caustic solution. A chlorine detector or manual remote start switch activates the system in two steps.
  • The caustic pump is activated first to permit proper wetting of packing in the scrubber stages before starting the exhaust fan, with a 0 to 5 second adjustable time delay. The time delay is typically set for 3 to 5 seconds. This feature allows the scrubber to be ready prior to passing any chlorine laden gases through it.
  • The exhaust fan is placed downstream of the scrubber. This feature allows the complete system to be under negative pressure until the gases are completely scrubbed. The absorber is placed on top of a caustic storage tank, which is an integral part of the system.
  • Scrubbing liquid is supplied to the motive inlet under pressure. As a result of the large drop in liquid pressure across the nozzle, a high velocity liquid spray exits the nozzle. This atomized liquid provides surface area for transfer of mass from the gas to the liquid phase and allows for capture of particulates from the gas phase due to impaction. In addition, the velocity of the liquid spray creates a negative pressure which pulls gas into the Chlorine Scrubbers.

Working pattern of Emergency chlorine scrubber

The chlorine is neutralized using caustic solution. The unit is designed based on risk analysis study to prevent release of chlorine directly into atmosphere.

The scenario considered are:

  • Instantaneous high flow rate
  • Chlorine concentration
  • Scrubbing efficiency

The chlorine concentration should be monitored continuously near the toner and should be ensured that concentration is less than 3 ppm

Fusible plug worst case in the 900 kg toner

  • Melts at approximately 160 oF (71 oC)
  • Cl2 at 80 oF = 117 psia vapor pressure
  • Cl2 at 160 oF = 325 psia vapor pressure
  • 34” diameter orifice = 437 lbs/min at 160 oF
  • Ton Container liquid plug empties ~ 5 minutes
  • 437 lbs/min = 2380 scfm

Considering safety factor, suction air flow required is 3000 CFM to evacuate entire chlorine gas from leakage area.

For 50 kg toner, considering safety factor, suction air flow required is 250 CFM to evacuate entire chlorine gas from leakage area.

Chlorine Neutralization

In the scrubber system, Chlorine is neutralized by using sodium hydroxide and gives by product of sodium hypochlorite and sodium chloride.

Cl2 + 2 NaOH —–à NaOCl + Nacl + H2O

Major Components in Scrubber

  • Chlorine sensor
  • FRP Capturing hood with actuated damper
  • FRP Ducting
  • FRP scrubber system
  • Caustic recirculation pumps
  • FRP blower
  • FRP exhaust chimney

Operation of scrubber system

    • One common duct will run along the length of chlorine storage area, chlorine tank filling and loading area. Tonners containing chlorine will be connected online with chlorine sensor. All the tonners will be provided with an online chlorine gas monitoring system with hood to cover the toner, nozzle and connection manifolds.
    • The hood part has bottom portion and top portion, of which top portion is removable when it is required to change the toner. Whenever the chlorine tanks are to be connected/removed from the online system, the top portion will be removed and placed after keeping the toner. When both hoods, bottom portion and top portion are placed, it creates a fully closed system, thus preventing the chlorine escape out of hoods.
    • The electrically actuated damper will be provided for each hood, connected with each toner. All the hoods are connected to main ducting line which is connected to the scrubber. The damper is controlled by PLC based controller system. All the dampers are in closed condition normally. When the chlorine gets leaked in a particular toner, it will be detected by sensor and the signal will be sent to PLC controller system. Then, automatically the damper of leakage toner hood will be turned on and the scrubber and blower will be switched on without any human intervention.
    • Once the system starts, it will create negative suction near the leakage hood and pulls out entire leaked chlorine to the scrubber system. The scrubber will neutralize the chlorine gas by caustic solution and will leave treated gas to the atmosphere via blower and chimney.
    • The scrubber system consist of three section. 1 Spray section and 2 Packed bed section. The inlet gas from the hood enters horizontally in spray section where 15 % caustic solution is sprayed with high pressure at cross current direction to scrub the chlorine. This section handles extremely high concentration of chlorine. After passing through the spray section, it enters into the packed bed section, it acts as polishing section to increase scrubbing efficiency.
    • The entire chlorine gas is neutralized before releasing into the atmosphere. The scrubber is capable of reducing the inlet chlorine gas concentration to less than 5 ppm at the outlet. A pre-treatment stage (spray section) handles extremely high concentrations while subsequent high-efficiency stages remove the remainder of the toxic vapors. During catastrophic releases, the scrubber achieves more than 99.999 % chlorine vapor removal efficiency.

Typical Scrubbing Products Liquid chemicals that have been used to scrub chlorine include:

  • Sodium hydroxide
  • Potassium hydroxide
  • Sodium carbonate
  • Calcium hydroxide
  • Hydrogen peroxide

Sodium hydroxide solutions are the most commonly used for typical scrubbing applications. However, the other chemicals listed above have been successfully used in many applications where they may be readily available, less expensive or satisfy the specific application.

Drizgas Tech is one of leading manufacturer of Emergency chlorine scrubber in India. We provide highly efficient, top-quality scrubber system built around your precise requirements. Contact us with your process information so we can begin discussing the type of new equipment that best fits your situation.