Pipe frosting - freezing pipes, freezing work

In sizes from DN 50 to DN 300, we carry out pipe freezing (pipe freezing) under pressure.

For freezing, pipe fittings are installed around the pipe to be frozen. The fitting required to freeze pipes (or freeze, freeze) is connected to a nitrogen tank with hoses and filled.

The liquid, deeply cold nitrogen inside the fitting causes the medium in the pipe to freeze through evaporation and the formation of an ice plug in the pipeline.

Once the ice plug has formed sufficiently, it closes the inside of the pipeline. The pipe is iced up (frozen) and your installation work can begin.

The pipe icing can be maintained for as long as you like, so that even long assembly times do not pose a problem.

Prerequisite for pipe frosting on pipelines

  • The medium to be frozen must contain parts that can be frozen
  • There must be no flow in the pipeline
  • Maximum operating temperature 50 ° C
  • Approximately three times the pipe diameter is required as a length dimension
  • The nitrogen tank should be able to be placed near the freezing work


  • Integration of system parts, gate valves or valves
  • Replacement of fittings or flanges
  • Replacing seals
  • Welding work


By reducing the temperature evenly on carbon steel pipes, there is no structural change. The tensions on the pipe surface are insignificant.

Pipe freezing drain

Preparations for freezing a pipeline

Pipe freezingThe sleeve required for freezing is mounted around the pipeline to be frozen. Depending on the size, one or two nitrogen hoses are connected to the sleeve and connected to the nitrogen container. During the freezing work, measuring devices that check the oxygen content of the air are set up in the working area. The temperature of the pipeline is controlled and continuously monitored during the entire freezing process.

Cooling down the pipeline

Pipe freezingAt the beginning of the freezing process, the pipe is slowly cooled down from the ambient temperature or medium temperature by the metered supply of nitrogen. This is necessary so that no stress cracks form on the pipe due to the temperature drop. The inflowing nitrogen evaporates immediately and slowly cools down the sleeve and pipeline. By lowering the temperature, the humidity of the ambient air is deposited as hoarfrost on the freezing collar during the freezing process.

Start of freezing

Pipe freezingIn the meantime, the temperature has been lowered by the evaporating nitrogen to such an extent that ice forms on the freezing collar. The medium (e.g. water) in the pipe starts to freeze from the outside in. Most of the nitrogen is still evaporating.

Freezing of the pipeline

Pipe freezingThe pipeline is cooled down to such an extent that the nitrogen can remain in liquid form in the freezing sleeve. Liquid oxygen (-183 °C) from the ambient air condenses on the outside of the sleeve. The ice plug in the pipe forms steadily and grows from the outside inwards in the area of the freezing collar.

Frozen pipeline

Pipe freezingThe ice plug has closed the pipe and is now growing in width. When the ice plug has formed beyond the width of the freezing collar, hoarfrost settles on the pipeline to the right and left of the freezing collar. The progress of the freezing (icing) of the pipeline is monitored by continuously measuring the temperature.

Ready-frosted pipeline

Pipe freezingThe freezing of the pipe is complete. A plug of ice has formed in the pipeline and sealed the pipe. Installation work can now be carried out (e.g. binding of system parts, gate valves or valves; replacement of fittings or flanges; replacement of defective seals, etc.). The freezing can be maintained for any length of time by means of a constant inflow of liquid nitrogen. After completion of the work, the nitrogen supply is stopped and the ice plug thaws again.


Production or work in the plant could continue and did not have to be interrupted or reduced as long as it was not dependent on the frozen pipeline. Draining of the pipeline was avoided. Unnecessary costs were not incurred.

We would be happy to provide you with information about the extensive possibilities of pipe freezing in a personal conversation. We look forward to your inquiry...

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