Compressed Argon Gas

Elite Air produces and delivers PurityPlus® Argon for different kinds of typical applications in Riverside.

A few significant traits ensured that Argon would become an ideal candidate for technical applications, such as providing a heavier atmosphere in which to segregate neutrons in nuclear research, in the late 1800s:

  • its inertness and molecular weight,
  • its abundance in comparison to other uncommon gases, and
  • its commercial practicability.

Unquestionably, the most significant early use for dry, high-purity Argon was gassing the globes in incandescent light bulbs during the first years of the twentieth century. Later, with the invention and commercial emergence of gas metal arc (GMAW or MIG) and tungsten inert gas (TIG), welding in the 1940s necessitated a dense inert gas, typically Argon-based. Even taking into account that none of these are true specialty-gas purity applications, the call for them keeps growing and they still make up a significant portion of Argon’s sales volume.

Modern specialty gas applications for high-purity Argon include its use as a carrier or background gas in a number of analytical instrument applications, for example: in the discovery and study of trace and ultra-trace elements utilizing Inductive Coupled Plasma Techniques, in Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption, and in Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy. Argon is applied as well in many aspects of Gas Chromatography, in particular those that make use of a high-efficiency Electron Capture Detector (ECD) or an Ultrasonic Detector (USD). It also works as a carrier gas to analyze hydrogen in helium with a TCD (Thermal Conductivity Detector) or USD. More recently, Argon has been used most often by the semi-conductor industry as a carrier/purge gas.

For details on the most convenient way to acquire PurityPlus® Argon for your application here in Riverside, call us, Elite Air, at (951) 686-7822, or contact us online. We stand ready to handle all of your specialty gas needs.