Sulfur content in base oil
When you select the lubricant oil for the Refrigeration Compressor for Ammonia System, it is necessary to select the lubricant oil with Zero (PPM). . The aromatic hydrocarbons react with ammonia gas to form sludge in the system. The higher
temperature increases the reaction rate which in turn increases the formation of sludge in the system. In ammonia systems,
the sludge typically accumulates in the low temperature areas of the system
especially the evaporator/Unit coolers. Heat transfer is
negatively impacted and the system loses efficiency and sometimes results in
inability to reach low temperatures.
<font color=”rgba(0, 0, 0, 0)” face=”inherit”>The compressor manufactures are not </font>highlighting<font color=”rgba(0, 0, 0, 0)” face=”inherit”> this issue when they recommend the mineral oil or synthetic oil depending on the application to the end users. All the OEM should consider this point as major concern when they </font>recommend<font color=”rgba(0, 0, 0, 0)” face=”inherit”> any lubricant oil for their compressors.</font>