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    New Oil Detector System Enables Fully Instrumental Operation of Oxygen Reciprocating Compressors

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    This paper presents a new electronic oil detector system that guarantees a continuous monitoring of the function of the oil retention system of oxygen reciprocating compressors. As a measuring method the system uses the variation in the capacitance of a capacitor, as a result of absorption of oil by an absorbent element serving as a dielectric. Field experience shows that this system is a major step forward in safe, automatic, remote control of oxygen reciprocating compressors.


    oxygen, control systems, monitoring systems, capacitors, dielectrics, safety, oilfree reciprocating compressor, oil detectors

    Author Information:

    Ernst, P
    Manager of project engineering, Sulzer Burckhardt Engineering Works, Ltd., Winterthur,

    Committee/Subcommittee: G04.01

    DOI: 10.1520/STP19319S