Tantaline® Heat Exchangers


When handling corrosive media like acids, chlorinated compounds, and vaporized fluids heat transfer can be a difficult task. Corrosion can cause loss of mechanical integrity and fouling. Fouling is the result of deposition of an undesired material on a surface. This can change the heat transfer coefficient of the surface and affect the performance of a heat exchanger. Special metal alloys such as C-276, titanium, Inconel®**, and tantalum have been used in critical process conditions to prevent corrosion and the resulting problems. Tantalum is recognized as the most corrosion resistant metal commercially available but its use for heat exchangers has been limited due to long lead-time and high cost. Deposition of a tantalum layer using the Tantaline® treatment process has been proven to have the same benefits of bulk tantalum with reduced lead-time and cost.


The Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) process used by Tantaline produces a robust, uniform, tantalum layer that conforms to complex geometries and adheres to the base metal through diffusion bonding. Tantalum forms an inert oxide layer which prohibits corrosive attack by aggressive process fluids, even at elevated temperatures. This minimizes mechanical failure, cross contamination and fouling, which are critical issues for applications across a wide range of industries such as semiconductor and pharmaceutical manufacturing. Tantaline® treated heat exchangers have proven to be resistant to corrosion caused be many process fluids including HCl and H2SO4. Applying this unique surface treatment to Exergy’s line of high quality, high performance heat exchangers provides a cost-effective solution for improved operational reliability.


A wide range of styles and configurations are suitable for Tantaline® treatment.

  • Shell and Tube
  • Sanitary Shell and Tube
  • Tube in Tube
  • Sanitary Shell and Tube
  • Custom Heat Transfer Products
  • ANSI flanged
  • Sanitary flanged
  • Threaded
  • Tube Stub


Chemical Processing Pickling of chlorinated solvents, strong acids like HCl, H2SO4, HNO3, hot corrosive waste fluids
  • Pickling heat exchanger
  • Reboilers
  • Acid Evaporator
  • Processing Equipment
  • Condensers
  • Regenerative heat transfer
  • Digester heating
  • Effluent cooling
  • Waste Heat recovery
  • Process fluid heating/cooling
Oil & Gas Heated flue gases (CO2, H2S, SO2), Amine gas treating
Pharmaceutical Volatile oxidizing compounds such as dichloromethane and methanol
Semiconductor Preparation of strong HCl etchants, processing byproducts of Silicon deposition
General Industrial Hot volatile chlorides, corrosive salts, sulfidation, methanation

Key Technical Information

Hastelloy®* Inconel®**, Zirconium, Titanium, and Stainless Steel valve components are susceptible to Stress Corrosion Cracking (SCC) and pitting especially in hot acids like HCl. Tantaline® treatment offers the following beneficial characteristics:

  • Chemically resistant to SCC and pitting in many aggressive media and environments.
  • Tantalum layer remains passivated and inert to corrosion under high temperature (>200⁰ C) acidic conditions including concentrated hydrochloric acid (HCl) and
    sulfuric acid (H2SO4).***
  • Superior corrosion resistance against wet, dry chlorine atmospheres, and other chlorinated environments.
Tantalum HCI Corrosion Resistance
*Hastelloy® is a registered trademark of Haynes International.
**Inconel® is a trademark of Special Metals Wiggin Limited.
***FJ, H. (n.d.). Properties of Tantalum for Applications in the Chemical Process Industry