Leading gases and engineering company BOC is helping the fastest men on wheels keep their cool at the 2013 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne this month.
BOC, a member of the Linde Group, will deploy its state of the art dry ice technology track-side to keep the drivers and their machines from overheating in the pressure-cooker environment of Formula 1® racing.
The ICEBITZZZ® ICE3 mobile dry ice production unit will be used to produce the highest-quality dry ice (solid CO₂) pellets on site for applications including cooling the air intakes of car engines to reduce operating temperatures and the risk of blowouts.
Packed into helmets, clothing and boots, dry ice is also common method of keeping Formula 1® drivers from overheating and losing performance.
BOC’s Market Manager for Advanced Gas Applications, Deian Jones, said BOC was excited to be launching ICEBITZZZ® ICE3 at the first race of the FIA Formula One World Championship™, the 2013 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.
“As one of the global leaders in the field of dry ice and industrial gases, Linde Gas and BOC have unmatched expertise in delivering ideas that work,’’ Mr Jones said.
“When it comes to dry ice, we closely work together with leading manufacturers of dry ice equipment, scientific institutions, and specialist technicians, enabling us to develop uniquely innovative solutions that are tailored to specific needs such as Formula 1®.
“We are very proud to be working with the 2013 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix – an event which shares our passion for performance, safety and engineering excellence,” he said.
Depending on the pressure and temperature, carbon dioxide (CO2) can occur in three states: gaseous, liquid, or solid. Dry ice is CO2 in its solid state. It is made by reducing the pressure and temperature of liquid CO2 in a controlled manner; this causes it to convert into a clean, white CO2 snow.
This snow can be used as is, or it can be compressed under high pressure to form blocks, slices, pellets or nuggets.
Utilising bulk-delivered CO2 and a BOC-supplied pelletiser and patented CO2 recovery unit, The ICEBITZZZ® ICE3 can produce fresh dry ice on demand at the 2013 Formula 1 Rolex® Australian Grand Prix.
ICE3 is part of an extensive offering of ICEBITZZZ® dry-ice solutions from BOC.