SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1986

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


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.

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Ernst, P
Sulzer Burckhardt Engineering Works, Ltd., Winterthur, Switzerland
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Developed by Committee: G04
Pages: 212–219
DOI: 10.1520/STP19319S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-4976-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-0474-7