Nitrous Oxide Supplier to Sioux Falls

A colorless, sweet-tasting, oxidizing gas, Nitrous Oxide (N2O) is used commercially quite often in Sioux Falls, and A-OX Welding Supply offers PurityPlus® N2O – the most trusted brand available.

Nitrous Oxide was first produced in 1772 by Joseph Priestly, who dripped nitric acid on iron filings. That may seem about as simple a process as one could devise, but an even simpler method of producing more substantial measures of N2O was perfected under the auspices of Humphry Davy in the late eighteenth century. It entails applying attentively administered heat to ammonium nitrate, which changes the compound into Nitrous Oxide and water. Most N₂O production makes use of this process, either directly or by a similar procedure that employs urea and a blending of sulfuric and nitric acids.

Nitrous Oxide is used as an anesthetic, as a leak-detection gas, and as an oxidizing agent. An additional widespread use for it – significantly by the pharmaceuticals and food-and-beverage industries – is as an aerosol can propellant, most commonly in consumer whipped-cream dispensers.

N₂O has further application as a specialty oxidizing flame-support gas in atomic absorption (AA) instrumentation for metal analysis. When mixed with specific perfluorinated hydrocarbons, it is a propellant/oxidizer of considerable utility in some special-application rocket guidance systems. When its purity is driven to the highest levels (around 99.995+%, Nitrous Oxide is used with some frequency in semiconductor manufacture.

Call A-OX Welding Supply today at 605-336-1125 or contact us online if you’d like to know more about the availability and use of PurityPlus® Nitrous Oxide in Sioux Falls. Have other specialty gas needs as well? We’re here to fulfill them.