antifoaming agent

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antifoaming agent

[¦an·tē¦fōm·iŋ ‚ā·jənt]
(organic chemistry)
A substance, such as silicones, organic phosphates, and alcohols, that inhibits the formation of bubbles in a liquid during its agitation by reducing its surface tension.
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This report by Technavio provides an in-depth analysis of the global anti-foaming agent market in terms of revenue and emerging market trends.
The cosmetics and personal care industry is the major consumer of surfactants, anti-foaming agents and other chemicals with properties similar to polydimethylsiloxane.
Adhesion Promoters, Anti-Foaming Agents & Deaerators, Catalysts, Dispersing Agents/Surfactants, Ink Additives, Silicone Resins, Water Repellents--Silicone, Corrosion Inhibitors
Silicone based fluids are also used in the form of anti-foaming agents due to their low surface tension in Industrial applications such as distillations or fermentation where excessive amounts of foam can be problematic.
Additives offered: Adhesion promoters, anti-blocking, antiblocking agents, anti-floating agents, anti-flooding agents, anti-foaming - silicone, anti-foaming agents, anti-marring agents, anti-scratch resistance, dispersing agents, dispersing agents/grind aids, flatting agents, mar/scratch resistant, matting/flatting agents, release aids, scrub resistant agents, slip aids, special effect additives, hammer-finish effects, texturizers, water repellents, wetting agents.
Birko also provides anti-foaming agents and chemical dispensing equipment.
Then there are "anti-foaming agents" like dimethylpolysiloxene, added to the cooking oil to keep the starches from binding to air molecules, so as to produce foam during the fry.
Washing PET flake is normally water-intensive, requiring scalding water, caustic soda, detergents, and anti-foaming agents. The wasting solution then must be neutralized and filtered before it can be discharged into sewers.
If bloat is a severe problem, anti-foaming agents can be administered daily.
Although not an essential dietary component, silicon naturally occurs in foods as silicon dioxide (silica) and silicates, and is added as anti-caking and anti-foaming agents as silica, silicates and dimethylpolysiloxane; silicate-containing antacids are also widely used.
Any foaming can be combated with anti-foaming agents, but draining and rinsing the fountain is the best approach.
By contrast, antioxidants, anti-foaming agents and other additives used by the alcoholic beverage market will lag, as health concerns and social pressures restrain alcohol consumption.