Chemical Processing

The key starting point for any process engineer in the Chemical Industry is understanding what level of corrosion resistance is required in their operation. The more aggressive the chemical environment, the more important the need to find a long-term dependable corrosion solution.

Dependable corrosion solutions are where the Knight Material Technologies family of products comes into play. Our line of products makes the toughest of corrosion issues manageable. The KMT family of products includes ceramic-based high-temperature and corrosion-resistant brick, mortars and packing materials (KMT), steel-lined corrosion equipment from Electro Chemical Manufacturing (ECM) and dual laminate (FRP) based corrosion piping, headers and tanks from Superior Dual Laminates. Each company’s products can be used independently or in conjunction with one another.

Which type of corrosion-resistant equipment to use depends on your specific application’s temperature, pressure and chemical environment. Put our team of corrosion engineers to work for you in finding the ultimate customized corrosion solution.




Corrosion-Resistant Brick-Lined Process Vessel/Column: Design and Supply | Corrosion-Resistant Membranes Process Engineering and Optimization Design | Conceptual Lining Design | Project Management Professional Installation Materials Testing | Existing Equipment Evaluation/Optimization | Field and Shop Lining | Pre-Commissioning Support

Ethylene Dichloride (EDC) / Vinyl Chloride Monomer (VCM) Production


Oxychlorination Hot Quench Columns, Vent Gas Knock-Out Drums, Hall Storage Vessels, HCl Quench Absorbers, Wet Slop Vessels, Waste Water Collection Drums, Secondary Containment

Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) Production


Cyclone Quench Tanks, Slurry Quench Tanks, Slurry Storage Tanks, Secondary Containment

Frequently Asked Questions

Chemical resistance is related to corrosion resistance, but the two terms do not refer to exactly the same thing. Chemical resistance refers to a material’s ability to withstand exposure to various chemicals without undergoing significant degradation.

Corrosion resistance deals more specifically with a material’s ability to resist corrosion, which can stem from either a chemical reaction or a situation influenced by biological factors, such as biofilms or microorganisms. Chemically based corrosive elements can include acids, bases or salts.

Chemical corrosion can be broadly categorized into two main types: acidic corrosion, which occurs in acidic environments, and alkaline corrosion, which occurs in alkaline or basic environments. Each type involves specific chemical reactions that can lead to material degradation.

The three main types of chemical corrosion are uniform corrosion (general corrosion), localized corrosion (such as pitting and crevice corrosion) and galvanic corrosion. These corrosion types can have varying effects on materials and structures, and many industries suffer costly consequences from the prevalence of corrosion.

In the chemical processing industry, corrosion presents a significant challenge due to the frequent and common exposure of equipment and materials to aggressive chemicals, acids and corrosive environments.

Corrosion can lead to equipment failure, increase safety hazards, and costly maintenance and replacement. This makes corrosion control and prevention a critical concern for chemical plants and facilities.

The consequences of corrosion in chemical processing include equipment degradation, increased maintenance costs, reduced operational efficiency and the potential for leaks or accidents due to weakened structures or piping systems. This creates safety hazards which can impact the staff, the equipment and the environment.

Corrosion is a significant problem for industry because it can lead to equipment failures, production downtime, safety hazards and environmental concerns. This ultimately impacts the reliability and profitability of chemical processing operations. The major consequences of corrosion include economic losses, safety risks and environmental harm.

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