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5 Different Uses of Argon Gas

Argon is one of the Noble gases. It is a colourless and odourless gas which is inert to other substances. Argon gets its name from the Greek word for ‘lazy’, reflecting how little it reacts to form compounds.

Most commonly, argon is one of the elements used in the welding industry as it provides an inert atmosphere in which welded metals will not oxidise. However, argon gas can be used in a wide range of industries. Here at Adams Gas, we have compiled a list of five different uses of argon below.


Healthcare Industry

Did you know argon is used within the healthcare industry? Argon lasers are used in the treatment of retinal detachment and retinal phototherapy for those who are diabetic. Argon is used much more than you think within this industry.

The treatment of kidney tumours is used through cryo-needles, and as part of the procedure, they are cooled in argon cryosurgery. This means diseased or abnormal tissue is destroyed or removed by freezing. Argon is also used to treat further problems, such as heart arrhythmias, alterations in the rhythm of the heartbeat.

Uses in Lighting

Argon is used within neon tubes in lighting. When electricity is passed through, argon then produces a purple-blue glow. As it charges, it starts to emit light at a much lower voltage. As this saves money, it quickly started to become the preferred gas due to this purpose.

This is similar with florescent lighting also. Argon is used in incandescent light bulbs to prevent quick oxidation of the filament. This prolongs the life of the bulb.

Food and Drink Industry

Due to its inertness, argon can be found within the food and drink industry. Within drinks, argon is added to wine barrels to displace air. Being denser than air, it settles above the liquid protecting the wine from souring and oxidation. This is also the same for open wine and liquid bottles within bars and restaurants.

Manufacturing Industry

Argon is used popularly within welding and casting industries, especially in the making of specialty alloys and manufacturing titanium. Within the manufacturing of steel in a converter, argon reduces the chromium losses, meaning the desired carbon content can be met at a reduced and lower temperature. Within the manufacturing of aluminium, argon is also used as hydrogen removal and degasification.

Document Preservation

One of the most fascinating uses of argon gas is the preservation of old documentation. The inert nature of the argon gas means it can provide a protective atmosphere. This prevents their degradation and damage during their storage and display.

At Adams Gas, we stock a range of argon gas supplies for your use. Our disposable gas cylinders are a cost effective alternative to stationary industrial size gas cylinders, and they are manufactured to the highest quality. For our trade customers, we specifically introduced our rent free pure argon gas, aimed at businesses who go through a 50L cylinder every 3 months.

If you would like to know any further information about our products and services, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us today by calling 01843 220 596 or emailing, and we will be happy to help.