The connector hose used to transfer liquefied petroleum gas from one container to another must be safe and effective to prevent dangerous leaks and spills of this hazardous substance. Many industries and businesses benefit from the use of LPG. These range from offshore oil companies and marine businesses to storage tanks, mobile tankers and construction businesses to residential homes. If leaks or other accidents occur in any of these environments, the damage to the environment can be devastating and extremely expensive to clean up.
An LPG transfer hose is used to facilitate any movement from one type of container to another of liquefied petroleum gas. This transfer should ideally release very little LPG while dispensing or disconnecting from the fittings, couplings and/or valves on the containers beings connected by the hose. Often, unfortunately, the hose is the weakest link in any transfer operation. There can and have been catastrophic hose failures caused by fitting blow-offs from the ends, hoses getting cut in two, hoses being stretched too much to the point of being unstable and unsafe, and even drive-away accidents. Since liquefied petroleum gas is extremely flammable, the simplest spark can ignite it into an inferno.
To assure the safe use of hoses for LPG transfer, make sure to purchase the appropriate tubing built to all the necessary safety specifications for the use for which your hose is needed. Large industrial uses need completely different heavy duty specifications and materials than homeowners who are using theirs for space heaters and outdoor gas grills or campers. Some are being developed with low emission connectors, adaptors, valves and couplings that can restrict maximum emission releases of gas during transfers to only four cubic centimeters. There are also hoses available that serve in sub-zero temperatures, which are necessary in the polar regions.
The use of LPG, also known as propane, is growing. Europe is self-sufficient in supplying its own needs, as are many countries. In many countries it is the cooking fuel of choice. In America it is widely used for heating in rural areas where natural gas lines do not run. It is also used for travel campers and outdoor grills. Many countries use propane as an alternative to heating oil and electricity. It is becoming more popular for use as a refrigerant too, replacing chlorofluorocarbons which have been proven to damage Earth’s ozone layer. Where it is used as fuel for cars, it is known as autogas.
Propane, or LPG, is a vital fuel used in countries around the world for heat, power, electricity, businesses, industries, cooking, transportation and necessities of life. Safe storage and transfer systems and means of transporting it from place to place are vital for distribution to where it is needed. A safe, reliable, and dependable hose for use in the transfer process is vital for the transportation process. The hose should be strong enough to withstand blow-outs and other catastrophic failures that lead to tragic damage to the environment and property as well as expensive clean ups.