Inert gas generator
Atmospheric air is burned using diesel in a combustion chamber and the exhaust collected, the resulting exhaust contains less than 5% oxygen, thereby creating "inert gas". The hot, dirty gas is then passed through a scrubbing tower which cleans and cools it using seawater. This gas is then delivered to cargo tanks to prevent explosion of flammable cargo.
This generator is sometimes confused with flue gas systems, which draw inert gas from the boiler systems of the ship. Flue gas systems do not have a burner but only "clean" and measure the air before delivering it to the cargo hold.
- National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Problems of Inert Gas Systems for Cargo Tank Atmosphere Control (1980). Materials Aspects of Inert Gas Systems for Cargo Tank Atmosphere Control. National Academies. pp. 1–33. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
- staff. "Inert Gas Generator". Maritime Protection. Retrieved August 26, 2015.