January 2014

Bonus Report: Lubrication Practices

Control moisture in ‘wetted’ rotating equipment

In turbomachinery, water is one of the most deleterious contaminants. Left unchecked, moisture can severely reduce the service life expectancy of oil-wetted rotating and reciprocating components by as..

Barnes, M., Morgan, D., Des-Case Corp.

In turbomachinery, water is one of the most deleterious contaminants. Left unchecked, moisture can severely reduce the service life expectancy of oil-wetted rotating and reciprocating components by as much as 30%–70%, as shown in Fig. 1.     Fig. 1. The impact of water content   on bearing life.Often, water is regarded as an unavoidable consequence: the cost of operating machinery in humid environments or in process equipment that either uses water for cooling, or as steam to power turbines. Several new techniques and maintenance programs can prevent the ingress of water into lubricating oil systems. Water is a problem Put simply, water is not a good

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