Current Results and Analysis:David Leckman performed numerous experiments pertaining to the ECEL's Air Compressor Experiment. The purpose of these experiments was to develop a further understanding of how energy consumption varies between different synthetic lubricants and to acknowledge how performance varies with operating temperatures and atmospheric conditions.
Atlas Copco air compressors are sold with and without a temperature regulation valve. As the air is compressed, the synthetic oil absorbs the heat of compression from the oil, where it is later cooled by after coolers. The temperature regulation valve limits the amount of hot synthetic oil which can pass through the after coolers, thus acting as a temperature regulator. With the temperature regulation valve removed, the compressor operates with maximum after cooling of the synthetic oil. To learn more about the effect of the temperature regulation valve, click here.
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Order of lubricant testing.
The temperature regulation valve was removed for the following trials:
The amount of after cooling was modified with the temperature regulation valve removed for the following trials: