Electrostatic Charge Generation in Hydraulic and Lubrication Systems

The power-generation industry has seen a significant increase in the incidence of electrostatic charge generation in high volume, high flow turbine lubrication systems, attributed to a number of factors including higher operating temperatures, smaller fluid reservoirs, highly refined oil base stocks and the widespread use of finer filtration solutions. Left unchecked this results in accelerated degradation of the oil and the formation of damaging ‘varnish’ in the lube system.

This second white paper from Pall Corporation’s scientific group to be featured in PEi this year takes a step back from the outcome of uncontrolled charge generation to discuss and present the mechanisms of electrostatic charge generation and the factors that influence both the generation and dissipation of the charge.

This white paper is sponsored by Pall Corporation.