Carbohydrazide is added to boiler system water as an oxygen scavenger to control corrosion. It is a safer alternative to hydrazine, which is toxic. Carbohydrazide reacts with oxygen at low temperatures and pressures. The products of the reaction are volatile and do not contribute dissolved solids to the boiler water. Like hydrazine, carbohydrazide will also passivate metal surfaces.
The test kits employ the PDTS chemistry. Carbohydrazide reduces ferric iron to the ferrous state, and the ferrous iron reacts with PDTS (3-(2-pyridyl)-5,6-bis (4-phenylsulfonic acid)-1,2,4-triazine disodium salt) to form a peach-pink colored complex in direct proportion to the carbohydrazide concentration. Test results are expressed as ppm (mg/L) carbohydrazide.