August 2004

Special Report: Fluid Flow and Rotating Equipment

Oil mist system provides rapid payback

Benefits included lower maintenance costs and reduced lost production

Hartman, J., Lubrication Systems, Co.

A large west Texas oil refinery applied dry sump, also known as pure oil mist, lubrication to the centrifugal pumps throughout its crude processing units and catalytic crackers (Fig. 1). In addition, purge oil mist, also known as wet sump, was applied to the small steam turbines (Fig. 2) and gearboxes. The project was started during 2000 and completed during 2001. In total, 6 oil mist lubrication systems were installed to serve 130 pumps, 31 steam turbines, 26 fans and blowers and 25 gearboxes in 8 processing units and 5 cooling towers.  Fig. 1   Pure

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