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Uses of Nitrogen

Nitrogen is a colorless, odorless, tasteless and mostly inert (unreactive) gas. This post will take you through some of the common uses of nitrogen.

Uses of Nitrogen

  • Nitrogen is used to preserve packaged foods by stopping the oxidation of food which causes it to go ‘off’.
  • Light bulbs may contain nitrogen as a cheaper alternative to argon.
  • Nitrogen gas is often used on top of liquid explosive to keep them from exploding!
  • Nitrogen is used to produce many electrical parts such as transistors, diodes and integrated circuits.
  • When dried and pressurized, nitrogen gas is used as a dielectric gas for high voltage equipment.
  • Used to manufacture stainless steel.
  • Used to reduce the fire hazard in military aircraft fuel systems.
  • Nitrogen gas is used to fill the tires of aircraft and automobiles (cars). However, commercially sold cars just use normal air.
  • Nitrogen tanks are gradually replacing carbon dioxide tanks as the power source of paintball guns.
  • It can also be used as an alternative to carbon dioxide in pressurizing beer. Nitrogen gas makes smaller bubbles so the beer is smoother.
  • Liquid nitrogen is used to preserve (called cryopreservation because of the low temperature) of blood, sperm and egg and other biological samples. It is also used to cool X-ray detectors and central processing units in computers when they are hot.
  • Nitrogen is a component of nearly every pharmacological drug. Laughing gas (nitrous oxide) can be used as an anesthetic.

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