If there is a deposit of saponit Mg3 (OH)2 [Si4O10] . 4 H2O in a tube, what
can be used to make the tube clean again ? Some kind of solvent ? Or is it
only possible to scratch away the deposit ? Thanks, Marcel
Thanks, but application of ultrasound is in those tubes (heat exchanger)
hardly possible. Could I use a phosphate based detergent with sufficiently
high concentration ? I know Tickopur which is Tenside + Phosphorsäure, is
that what you mean ? MV
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If your tubes are not plastic - you could try a terpene. Limonene,
eucapyltus oil that sort of thing - just soak it - no scrubbing- you
will have to rinse tubes out with ethanol afterwards though. Don't
try it on plastic tubes - or you'll have a molten disaster on your
thanks, what about using as a cleaning solution a terpene in an aqueous
ethanol solution ?
(remove the saponit and the oily stuff at the same time)
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Unfortunately I do not have any lit refs on this - or posters! I only
have about 10 years working experience. And have done a bit of work
with terpenes. Which if you haven't heard of, then, I'm sorry I can't
help you. I thought this was about helping others - not feeding your
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Saponite is common soil, dirt, clay, benonite type stuff with various
stochiometries like what you showed above or compositions like
So, since this is a clay-soft material, off the bat, the first instinct
would be to remove it mechanically or with ultrasonic gismos like
one or 2 posters have suggested. Once done that then run a small
steel pig (SS-bristle bottle brush) thru the lines, like the big boys in
the oil biz do when they clean pipeline, only en miniature. Or,
alternatively just blast walnut shell or steel shot through the pipe
and be done with it.
If you want to go the chemical route, then a combo of
Nitric Acid + Acetic acid + Fluoboric acid (HNO3/MeCOOH/HBF4)
may do the trick since all the above elements in saponite will form
water soluble reaction products. The reaction will be slow.
Heat will fasten the solution process but exposure over many
hrs will attack the glass and metal tubes, but it will be ok on PP, PE
or PVC hoses.
MeCOOH 50-70% alone may be ok for use on Fe, SS or Alu-tubes.
MeCOOH/HBF4 in any conc may be ok for Fe, SS, but not for Alu.