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Significance and Use
4.1 The oxidation stability test of mineral transformer oils is a method for assessing the amount of sludge and acid products formed in a transformer oil when the oil is tested under prescribed conditions. Good oxidation stability is necessary in order to maximize the service life of the oil by minimizing the formation of sludge and acid. Oils that meet the requirements specified for this test in Specification D3487 tend to minimize electrical conduction, ensure acceptable heat transfer, and preserve system life. There is no proven correlation between performance in this test and performance in service, since the test does not model the whole insulation system (oil, paper, enamel, wire). However, the test can be used as a control test for evaluating oxidation inhibitors and to check the consistency of oxidation stability of production oils.
1.1 This test method determines the resistance of mineral transformer oils to oxidation under prescribed accelerated aging conditions. Oxidation stability is measured by the propensity of oils to form sludge and acid products during oxidation. This test method is applicable to new oils, both uninhibited and inhibited, but is not well defined for used or reclaimed oils.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D2272 Test Method for Oxidation Stability of Steam Turbine Oils by Rotating Pressure Vessel
D3487 Specification for Mineral Insulating Oil Used in Electrical Apparatus
IEC PublicationIEC 61125: 1992 Unused Hydrocarbon-Based Insulating Liquids--Test Methods for Evaluating the Oxidation Stability International Electrotechnical Commission. Available from American National Standards Institute, 25 W. 43rd St., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10036.
ICS Number Code 29.040.10 (Insulating oils)
UNSPSC Code 15121505(Transformer oil or insulating oil)
ASTM D2440-13, Standard Test Method for Oxidation Stability of Mineral Insulating Oil, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2013, www.astm.orgBack to Top