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THEPRINCIPLEOFWorkingOFELC
1)Contaminantsinoilareeitherpositivelyornegativelychargedduetothecontact
potentialdifferencewithoil.Whenoilispassedthroughanelectricfield,positively
chargedparticlesaredrawntothenegativepoleandviceversa.
Neutralcontaminantsaredrawnanddepositedbygradientforcetotheedgeofthe
dieelectricmediawheretheintensityofthedeformedelectricfieldishighest.

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2)Whencorrugateddieelectricmedia(collectors)areinsertedbetweenelectrodes,
theelectricfieldisdeformedanddieelectricpolarisationoccursatthetipsofthe
corrugation.Theelectricfieldisthestrongestatthetipsandparticlesaredrawnand
depositedonoppositeelectricpolesandremovedfromoil.
WHATISTHELIMITTOWHICHOILCANBECLEANEDBYELCs
Thisisafiltermaker'schallenge..thesmallertheparticle,themoredifficultitisto
removebyfiltration!Foramechanicalfilter,smallparticlescreateproblemsasfine
filtersreachalimitingdPvaluefaster.

ELC,ontheotherhandworksonadifferentprinciple,anditiseasiertoremove
smallerparticles.Becauseofsmallsize,thesmallerparticlestendtohavehigher
"ChargeDensity"(charge/area)andmovefasterintheelectricfieldduetotheir
smallweight.HencetheyaremoreeasilyremovedbyELC.
Allparticlessuspendedinoil,magnetic/nonmagnetic,organic/inorganic,resinous
matterorsludge,includingvirusandbacteriacanberemovedfromoilbytheELC.
ParticulatesizeremovalcanbeBETTERTHAN0.01MICRONS.Allinsoluble
matterisremovedfromoilbyELC.Itispossibletomaintainoilinarunning
hydraulicsystematalevelbetterthanNAS6.
NewhydraulicoilisgenerallyofapuritylevelofNAS1012orISO23/21/18,
whichindicatesthatELCcanmaintainusedoilinarunningsystematalevelof
purityhigherthannewoil.
ItisimportanttomaintainoilatNAS5orISO16/14/11inarunningsystem,rather
thanpurchaseoilofNAS5anduseitinacontaminatedsystem.
FAQs
1)Howlongcanoilbeused?
Naturehastakenamillionyearstocreatethemolecularstructureofoil.
Consideringhydraulicoilisusedbelow50C.Thelifeofoilismorethanthelifeof
themachineinwhichtheoilisused.

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2)Doesoilviscositychangewhenoilisusedforalongtime?
OilviscositywillchangeIfAndOnlyIfoilis:
Mixedwithanotheroilofhigherorlowerviscosity
Mixedwithwater
Heated(howeverviscositywillreverttotheoriginalwhentemperature
revertstotheoriginal.)
3)Doesoilviscositychangeorareadditivesdepletedifoilismaintainedwith
ELCandusedformanyyears?
SubjectingoiltocleaningbyELCoverprolongedperiodswillnotaltereitherthe
viscosityoradditivelevel,seeELCandOilAdditives.
InIndia,anumberofindependentlaboratoriesandoilcompanieshaveconfirmed
thatitisimpossibletoremoveadditiveswithELC.
WeknowthatELCdoesnotremoveadditives.Itretardstheoxidationprocess.The
lifeofantioxidantsandotheradditivesissubstantiallyincreasedwhenoilis
continuouslymaintainedwithELC.Theconcentrationofadditiveswillbereduced
withtime.However,sincetheoilistoppedbyabout10%ayear,theadditivelevel
isalsotoppedup.Thisensuresthatthesameoilcanbeusedindefinitely.
BENEFITSOFELCSYSTEMOFCONTAMINATIONCONTROL
Over35,000unitshavebeensuppliedbyKLEENTEKallovertheworld.
InIndia,over1000unitsareinoperationindiverseindustriessuchasinjection
molding,powergeneration,steel,aluminium,copper,defense,i.e.wherever
hydraulicandlubricationoilsareused.
ThefollowingbenefitswillaccruewithcontaminationcontrolbyELCs:
Nooilchange.
Reductionofhydraulicandlubricationsystemmalfunction,leadingto
reducedmaintenancecosts.
Zerodowntime.
Reducedoilleakages,leadingtocleanandsafeworkspaceandenvironment.
BetterqualitycontrolfromconsistentpressuresinHydrauliccircuit
Lowerenergyconsumption.
ComparisonWithfiltersforparticulateremoval
Electrostaticcleaningshouldnotbeconfusedwithmechanicalfilters.Mechanical
filtersworkas"barriers"withadesignatedporesize.Fluidispressurisedthrougha
mechanicalfilter.InElectrostaticCleaning,contaminationremovalisby
"Electrostatic"process.
MechanicalFilters

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ELC

Cannoteffectivelyremove
contaminantsbelow10microns

Removalefficiencyexceeds0.1
microns

Lowcollectionefficiency:
Afilterholds1/10thitsweightin
contaminants

Acollectorholdstwiceitsweightin
contaminants

Highreplacementcost

Lowreplacementcost

Highenergyconsumptiontopumpoil

Lowenergyconsumptionasthisisa
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throughfilters

kidneyloopsystem

Cannotretardoxidation/sludge
formation

Retardsoxidation/sludgeformation

Cannotpreventwearofpumps

Preventswearofallmovingparts

Hydraulicpartslikepumps,valves,oil
sealsrequirereplacementinspiteof
usingfilters
Machineefficiencyreduces&cycle
timeincreasesasfiltersgetchoked

IfELCisdedicated,&oiltemperature
iscontrolled,lifeofcomponentsis
indefinite
Ensuresstablecycletime

Cannotremovesludge

Onlysystemwhichefficientlyremoves
sludge

Finemesh,syntheticfilterscausehigh
voltelectrostaticsparkdischarge
crackingoilmolecules.Thisalso
depletesoiladditives

Totallysafeforoil.Noharmto
additives

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