Sodium tripolyphosphate(STPP), also known as sodium triphosphate, pentasodium triphosphate is a kind of amorphous water-soluble linear polyphosphate in terms of its chemical structure. The sodium tripolyphosphate formula is Na5P3O10 and the molecular weight is 367.86. In appearance, it is white or colorless crystals, which flows well, dissolves in water easily and the aqueous solution is alkaline.
|Item||Industrial grade||Food grade|
|Main contents (Na5P3O10 )%≥||94.0||94.00|
|Phosphorus pentoxide（P2O5） %≥||56.5||57.0|
|Water insoluble %≤||0.15||0.10|
|PH value of 1% solution||9.2-10.0||9.4-10.0|
|Heavy metals, as Pb %≤||/||0.001|
|Arsenic,as As %≤||/||0.0003|
|Fluoride, as F %≤||/||0.003|
What Is Sodium Tripolyphosphate Used for
As food additive, STPP can be used various types of food. Its most common use is in detergents. Meanwhile, it can also be used in water treatment and some other a varieties of industrial fields.
>>> In Detergents
In daily washing water, it usually contains hard metal ions, which will form insoluble metal salts with the active substances in soap or detergent to reduce the washing ability during washing process. So it is necessary to add something to detergents to make the metal ions contained in the washing water into harmless substances. The buffer function of STPP has strong chelating effect on metal ions, which can eliminate the adverse effect on washing. In addition, it can captures the metal components contained in dirt and acts to dissociate the dirt during washing process. It has the effect of swelling and solubilizing the protein in dirt, as well as dissolving the gel. It can also promote the emulsification of fat and disperse solid dirt. Meanwhile, it has the effect that prevent powder-detergent from agglomeration and keep it dry and granular.
>>> In Food And Drinks
STPP, as water retention agent, quality improver, PH value regulator, metal chelating agent, can be widely used in dairy food, meat food, baked food, flour food, seasoning food, etc… it should be noted is that as food additive, it has strict requirements on the amount of use. Compared with industrial grade sodium tripolyphosphate, the food grade sodium tripolyphosphate has more stringent requirements and more inspection and monitoring programs in producing. The raw material for the production of food grade STPP must be food grade or genuine products, ordinary industrial grade products can’t be used, such as, it must use genuine thermal phosphoric acid, not wet-processed type, even the orthophosphoric acid is food grade.
>>> In Water Treatment
STPP is often used as scale inhibition in cooling water treatment. For that, small amount of polyphosphate added to water can effectively destroy the normal growth process of calcium carbonate and other crystals. So as to prevent the formation of calcium carbonate scale. In addition, it is also one of the commonly used corrosion inhibitors for cooling water. Adding it to water in the proper concentration and form can prevent or slow the corrosion of water on metal materials or equipment.
Other Industrial Fields
- In ceramic industry, it can be used as ceramic degumming agent, water reducing agent.
- Auxiliary agent of synthetic detergent.
- Softener for industrial water.
- Drilling mud dispersant.
- Used in paper making industry as anti-oil agent.
- Soap synergist and can prevent soap grease precipitation and frosting.
- Sodium tripolyphosphate used in toothpaste can play the role of removing the the tooth stains.
- It has strong emulsification effect on lubricating oil and fat.
- Adjust the PH value of buffer soap.
- It can be used as dispersing agent in the preparation of suspensions in dyeing auxiliaries, paints, kaolin, magnesia, calcium carbonate and other industries.
Chemical And Physical Properties
With different sodium generation temperature, sodium tripolyphosphate has high temperature type and low temperature type, which has the differences between the two bond length and bond angle. After hydration, both high and low temperature products can produce hexahydrate. However, under the same conditions, the hydration of high temperature type is faster, which makes it produce high heat. But it is prone to agglomeration when it is soluble in water, which is due to the presence of sodium ions is in the tetra-ligand in the structure of high temperature type and the tetra-ligand has a strong affinity for water. Whereas the low temperature type produces hexahydrate at a very slow rate in water.
STPP is quite stable at room temperature, but will slowly hydrolyze in moist air, and produce sodium orthophosphate eventually. Sodium triphosphate also has complexation with metal ions in water to form soluble complex compound.
The aqueous solution of sodium tripolyphosphate is weakly alkaline, and it can form suspensionin the water with PH value of 4.3 to 14, that can be called dispersion effect. It can also make liquid and solid particles be better dissolved in the liquid medium and make the appearance of the solution is completely transparent, which is solubilization. Because of its unique properties, pentasodium triphosphate is an important ideal material in detergents.
Sodium triphosphate contains two types, anhydride and hexahydrate.
Anhydride are usually divided into high temperature type (Ⅰ) and low temperature type(Ⅱ). It is mostly white crystalline or crystalline powder in appearance. The relative molecular mass is 367.86, the relative density is 2.49 and the melting point is 662℃. Soluble in water and the aqueous solution is weakly alkaline, 1% of aqueous solution has the PH of 9.7. It is gradually hydrolyzed in an aqueous solution to form pyrophosphate or orthophosphate. It has complexation of alkali earth metal and heavy metal ions, and can soften water. It also has the ion exchange ability and strong dispersion, which can make the suspension into solution. Type Ⅰ has larger hydrolysis velocity than Ⅱ, so type Ⅱ is also known as slow hydrolysis type. Type Ⅱ can be transformed into type Ⅰat 417 ℃.
Hexahydrate is white prismatic crystal of trisoclinal orthogonal crystal system, which can be weathered and has a relative density of 1.786. The melting point is 53℃. It can be decomposed during recrystallization. Even if sealed, it can still decompose to sodium diphosphate at room temperature. When heated to 100℃, it can be decomposed into sodium diphosphate and sodium phosphate. Therefore, hexadydrate type sodium tripolyphosphate are not easy to keep.
Industrial grade sodium tripolyphosphate is actually the mixture of typeⅠand typeⅡ. For that, typeⅠhas fast dissolution rate, and has large thermal effect when hydrated to form hexahydrate, which is easily absorbed in the atmosphere and clumped with moisture. TypeⅡis slower in moisture absorption and less prone to clumping. Therefore, the content of typeⅠsodium tripolyphosphate uses in detergents shouldn’t be too high, generally controlled at 10-30%.
The production Process of Sodium Tripolyphosphoric
The process of preparing phosphoric acid from neutralization liquid is different, but it can be roughly divided into two categories. One method is to dry the neutralized solution in a spray drying to a certain particle size of orthophosphate, and then condense into sodium tripopyphosphate. The other method is that sodium tripolyphosphate can be made directly from the neutralizing solution. The former can be called a two-step method and the latter can be called a one-step method.
Production Process Flow
Phosphoric acid is sent to phosphoric acid storage tank of the pentasodium process from the phosphoric acid process for storage. And the caustic soda is sent to the storage tank of the pentasodium process from the large storage tank for storage. During production, phosphoric acid and caustic soda are added to the neutralization stirring tank in proportion, and adjust the valve opening for the preparation of the crude neutralization liquid according to the reaction situation and the ratio of acid and base. After the analysis of the neutralization solution is qualified, add ammonium nitrate to the stirring tank. After the ammonium nitrate is completely dissolved, the neutralization solution is put into the pump tank and transported to the neutralization solution storage tank through the neutralization liquid pump. After the qualified neutralizing solution is removed from the neutralizing solution storage tank through the filter, it is pressurized into the polymerization furnace by a high-pressure plunger pump. Then it is atomized by the pressure nozzle, and meets the heat source provided by the gas burned of the gas burner, dried and polymerized to form the finished product is pentasodium. Then pentasodium enters the cooling drum from the polymerization furnace for cooling. Then sent to the entrance of the fourth-floor screw conveyor by the screw conveyor, and then the screw conveyor is evenly fed to the rolling screen or cascade crusher. The qualified pentasodium through rolling screening or cascade crushed pentasodium enters the finished product bin, and the coarse material screened by rolling screening enters the crusher and is crushed by a screw conveyor and sent to a bucket elevator. Then the screw conveyor is used to feed the rolling screen uniformly to pulverize and screen the large materials. The pentasodium in the finished product bin is packed and sent to the pentasodium product warehouse.
The tail gas generated by the drying polymerization is extracted by the induced draft fan, most of the dust is removed by the cyclone dust collector and the electric dust collector, the dust is further recovered by the water dust collector, and then evacuated from the top of the water dust collector. The dust collected by the cyclone dust collector enters the screw conveyor to be conveyed to the cooling drum and is mixed with the material from the polymerization furnace to cool and enter the bucket elevator. The circulating liquid of the water mist precipitator is sent to the neutralization stirring tank for batching. The gas used for the combustion of the gas burner is sent from the gas section and sent to the polymerization furnace through the gas buffer tank, gas water seal, and water seal bell valve. The burner is mixed with the combustion air supplied by the air blower to provide a dry polymerization heat source.
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