The Storm Is Coming! Electrostatic discharge in turbine lube oil systems

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Time: 11 am EDT

Duration: 60 Minutes

Electrostatic charge generation occurs in fluid systems mainly as a result of interaction between the fluid and the filtration media. The interaction causes charge separation between the filtration medium and the fluid, with the fluid oppositely charged to the filtration medium. The magnitude of charge generated depends on many interrelated factors, including the nature of the filter material and the fluid, fluid velocity, viscosity, conductivity and the contact area.

Discharge of the accumulated electrostatic charge causes sparking internally within the system. In addition to lubricant degradation and varnish formation, the electrical discharge causes damage to the lube system components, including the filter. In this webinar we explore the various methods used to prevent the build-up of hazardous charge, how to prevent charging of the fluid and charge migration, to avoid fluid degradation, varnish formation and damage to components. Today this phenomenon can be overcome by using filter cartridges that dissipate the charge at inception, thus offering the advantage of eliminating filter damage entirely, and significantly reducing the migration of the charge into the fluid and the associated damage to the fluid and the resulting varnish formation.  

What the viewers will learn: 
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) in your turbine oil system will destroy the fluid and put your operation at risk.

  • What is ESD and why does it happen?
  • Why are new machines and new oil formulations more susceptible to static discharge?
  • Why ESD is becoming more common, and more pronounced
  • The cause and effect of electrostatic discharge in turbine lube oils
  • How does ESD create varnish and sludge in my system?
  • What can I do about it, starting tomorrow?

Who should attend:

  • Corporate Management, Engineer, Operator, Reliability Engineers, Quality Managers, Maintenance, Operations

Hear from these experts:

Kal Farooq 
Principal Engineer 
Pall Corporation 

Kal Farooq, principal engineer with Pall Corporation, based in New York, has over 30 years of experience in filtration, contamination control and monitoring technologies in the areas of hydraulics, lubrication, insulating fluids, air/gases and industrial water. Kal holds a BS degree in mechanical engineering.

Keith Webb 
Vertical Market Manager 
Power Generation 

Keith Webb, based in the UK, attended the University of Portsmouth,UK, obtaining a Chartered Institute of Marketing post graduate Degree in 1996. His experience with Pall began in 1989 as a Technical Sales Engineer, before focusing on a career in Marketing Communications within Pall Industrial since 1994. Earlier this year Keith became the Power Generation Vertical Market Manager, helping identify and promoting solutions-oriented support for Power Generation applications.


Aaron Larson
Executive Editor 
Aaron is an engineer who has worked at nuclear, biomass, and coal power plants, where he gained significant operations, maintenance, safety, financial, and management experience. He has also served in the Navy, earned a BS in nuclear engineering technology from Thomas Edison State College, holds an MBA in financial management from City University of Seattle, and is credentialed as a Chief “A” Boiler Engineer. Aaron writes news and feature stories on a variety of topics.
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