Coronavirus: Indian Army finds solution for efficient conversion of liquid oxygen to low pressure gas
An Indian Army Engineers team under Maj Gen Sanjay Rihani undertook this initiative amid the surge in demand for oxygen across the country in the wake of second wave of Covid-19.
New Delhi: Standing steadfast with the country in fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the Indian Army has innovated a solution for efficient conversion of liquid oxygen to low pressure oxygen gas for treatment of Covid-19 patients.
A prototype with two liquid cylinders capable of feeding oxygen gas for 40 beds for a period of two to three days has been made functional at Base Hospital Delhi Cantt.
An Indian Army Engineers team under Maj Gen Sanjay Rihani undertook this initiative amid the surge in demand for oxygen across the country in the wake of second wave of Covid-19. Since oxygen was transported in liquid form in cryogenic tanks, quick conversion of liquid oxygen to oxygen gas and ensuring availability at the patients’ bed was a critical challenge faced by all hospitals managing Covid patients.
The team has also tested a mobile version to cater for typical shifting requirements in hospitals.
As per the Indian Army, the system is economically viable and is safe to operate since it obviates high gas pressure in the pipeline or cylinders and does not require any power supply to operate.
It is also capable of replication in a quick time frame.
“Over seven days, the team of Army Engineers in-direct consultation and material support from CSIR & DRDO put together a working solution using vaporisers, PRVs and liquid oxygen cylinders,” the Indian Army said.
“This innovation is another example of Indian Army's commitment to promote innovations in bringing simple and practical solutions to complex problems,” it said.
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