Aluminum Chloride Manufacture Technology Description

Online Aluminum Chloride Data: Manufacture, Uses and Applications

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In this page you will find free data about Aluminum Chloride, including:

  • What is Aluminum Chloride
  • How to make Aluminum Chloride
  • Aluminum Chloride uses and applications

This page presents brief synopsis of Aluminum Chloride production technology, describing, in a concise way, relevant technical and economic aspects. Each manufacturing process description will consist of:

  • Major process steps
  • Simplified, schematic flow diagram & key equipment
  • Important safety or environmental considerations
  • Economic perspective, comprising capital expenditures and/or operating expenses

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Aluminum Chloride Manufacture from Aluminum Metal and Chlorine

Aluminum chloride (AlCl among the most widely used Lewis acids in industry, and is also one of the most powerful. The compound is employed as a catalyst in the manufacture of a multitude of organic chemicals produced by several different reaction mechanisms, including isomerization, alkylation and polymerization.

The main applications of AlCl3 are in the production of ethylbenzene and dyes. AlCl3 catalyzes the ethylation of benzene with ethylene to yield ethylbenzene, which, in turn, is used in the production of styrene. In the dyestuffs industry, AlCl3 is used as a catalyst in the production of anthraquinone and its derivatives, as well as in the production of pigments.

Technology Description

This simplified process flow diagram depicts a conventional process for anhydrous Aluminum Chloride (AlCl3) production from aluminum metal and chlorine.

Aluminum Chloride Manufacture Technology - Process Flow Diagram


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The AlCl3 vapor from the reactors ...

Crushing and sizing

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The condensing, crushing and sizing operations, ...

Aluminum Chloride Pathways

Initially, aluminum chloride was produced ...

Economic Performance

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This synopsis is based on the report Aluminum Chloride Production via Solution Process - Cost Analysis. (For more information, Click here).