Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

A blogger calling himself Armahema has made an attempt to visit a recently abandoned factory which was making a highly corrosive tincture we know now by the name Sulfuric Acid. It looks like he got out of this location pretty safely and so we can see what he encountered inside. Spoiler: after reading this post you should have a basic understanding on how sulfuric acid is being made. Also there is a lot of sulphur inside. You are welcome to view the photos and read the story:

Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

So this is the factory he went to. Even from here you can already see some yellowish spots that were probably caused by sulphur, which as has already been said is very abundant around this abandoned fctory.

Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

Here is the sulphur. It’s everywhere there as you might guess, it’s the main ingredient used to prepare sulfuric acid. Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

The specific purpose of this crane is to load and unload sulphur.  Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

Here, the sulphur was unloaded and special tractors or graders bulldozed the sulphur into those large openings at the sides.Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

Into these holes in the photo. These openings are the windows to the place where the sulphur was crushed and transported by the conveyor belt to the next stage of acid creation. Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

So here is a piece of sulphur.Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

And this is a special oven. It’s called an injector oven or something like that. Why it is called an injector oven is because there are injectors inside this oven which spray the molten sulfur inside the oven where it burns and turns into a sulfur dioxide – a gas full of sulphur. The temperature of the gas when it exits the oven is over 1100 degrees centigrade. Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

Later, the sulphur dioxide gas goes into these machines. Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

Centophema says that this is the most important part of sulfuric acid creation as here the sulphur dioxide gas is cooled down to 400 degrees and is mixed with a catalyst and turns into.. sulphur trioxide. Wikipedia says sulphur trioxide is a main component of so called acid rain. So this big barrel is full of acid rain.  Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

Here is the scheme of it. It looks like quartz is used as a catalyst. Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

And it looks like the guy got inside this barrel! So this is the place where acid rain was raining cats and dogs.

Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

Later, this sulfur trioxide had to be cooled down from 400 to 200 degrees. So it goes to this big sized fridge.

Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

You see that it even looks like your normal kitchen fridge, but very big. Amazingly, it hasn’t been scrapped for the metal, but it isn’t in working condition any more so you can’t freeze someone there. Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

And here is the final stage. Here the sulphur trioxide is being mixed with water and pure sulfur acid pops out. Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

This tower is a waste gas treatment thing that should clean the air on the exit. Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

And this is a photo from the top of that big sized acid raining barrel. Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

Some pieces of the big fridge are laying around after being vandalized. Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

And those separate buildings are air and water treatment facilities to remove pollutants. Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

Big compressors pumped it all around. Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

And a separate water pumping station.Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry

I don’t know about you, but I have now got a better idea of how sulfuric acid is made. Hope you know now, too. And all this is thanks to Armahema, greetings to him.

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8 thoughts on “Abandoned Sulfuric Acid Factory and a Lesson in Chemistry”

  1. A beautiful novel by C Ruiz Zafon begins with scenes is a sulfuric acid factory. My next exploration of the iNet took me here. The images here add to these scenes, especially being Russian.

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