Ceramic and high alumina balls, also known as support balls are very important components in the catalytic process in the refinery, gas processing and petrochemical industry. Ceramic balls are also known as inert balls and catalyst support media. It is commonly used to support catalyst and adsorbents products in the vessel or reactor. Its main function is to act as packing material and at the same time to support the catalyst bed in order to prevent breakthrough or loss of catalyst or adsorbent materials downstream of the reactor vessels due to the high pressure and temperature inside the reactor vessels during the operation.
Ceramic balls come in a few different sizes, which are 1”,3/4”, ½”, ¼” and 1/8”. The size was arranged layer by layer at the top and bottom of the vessel, with different sizes of ceramic ball. The method is simply like sand filter system for water purification.