Water is an almost invisible contaminant with a dramatic impact on the efficiency and longevity of oil systems, making it costly for industry to ignore. In addition, water in oil may also lead to the growth of various harmful microorganisms (fungi, yeast, and algae). These microorganisms are also known as diesel bugs, and can cause further damage to the system besides the free water in the oil.
Failure to address the problem of free water in oil, which can only be detected by analysis, can lead to costly repairs and downtime.
Water in oil reduces lubrication and trigger oxidation
One of the most significant issues with water in oil is its ability to weaken lubrication properties, leading to higher operating temperatures, increased wear, and equipment failure. This issue can arise in a range of equipment using oil, from heavy-duty construction equipment to precision manufacturing machinery.
Water in oil can also trigger oxidation, leading to the formation of harmful substances like resin, varnish, and acid.
Corrosion is another significant issue associated with water in oil. When water reacts with metal components, it can cause rust, pitting, and other forms of damage.
Corrosion can lead to decreased system efficiency, leaks, and premature equipment failure. If not addressed promptly, corrosion can quickly lead to reduced equipment lifetime.
Preventing water in oil and diesel bugs
To prevent these issues, it is crucial to detect and remove water from oil systems effectively. For example, specialized oil analysis can detect even trace amounts of water in oil, allowing for early detection and prevention of damage to the system. Regular maintenance and monitoring of oil systems can also help prevent issues with water in oil and ensure reliable and efficient operation of equipment.
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