2.1.3 Failure of Thermojet Dehydration

2.1.3 Failure of Thermojet Dehydration

Problem of Thermojet Dehydration in Sluggish Water Dehydration

Thermojet work on principle of Atomization of oil and air as called “Air Stripping” by using tandem pump to pressurize the oil at 250 psi and heat at 165 °F to 185 °F through small Eductors. The discharged oil has pressure drop from 240 psi to 0 psi and allows water to strip out from oil into a water collector. The secondary tandem pump will pump the dehydrated oil through a 3-6 micron Micro Glass Cartridge Filter to remove solid particulate.

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Micro Glass Cartridge Filter

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Thermojet Unit

Disadvantages of Thermojet Dehydration

  1. Thermojet has electric enclosure for NEMA 7 Explosion Proof category which allows to use in Oil & Gas industries that equipment locates near by flammable gases under Class 1 Div 2. It is noticeable that Thermojet enclosure is made of 1/2″ thick aluminum casting for explosion proof application. This NEMA 7 is not required in most industries except Oil & Gas industry. This makes Thermojet overprice as compared to other dehydrators.
  2. Thermojet has lower dehydration capacity as compared to most vacuum distillation.
  3. Thermojet need to heat the oil temperature to 165 °F to 185 °F in order to weakening the water and oil molecule to strip out. 185°F Oil temperature is too high and cause oil oxidation to occur during dehydration. Dehydrated oil will become more Acidic and Deteriorated.
  4. Thermojet gear pump pressurizes the oil at 240 psi and drop to 0 psi after eductor to atomize the oil and water. Oil with water at 240 psi makes gear pump more excessive and shorten its pup life. It is not suitable to run Thermojet 24/7-365 Days-Non Stop without tedious maintenance.
  5. Thermojet uses 150 mesh or 200 micron Y-Strainer prior to gear pump which is not enough to protect pump as Y-Strainer is too small, not enough surface area protection and unable to handle High Dirt Holding Capacity. Y-Strainer will need to remove and clean on a regular basis and require more maintenance time.
  6. Thermojet uses 12KW heater with too high watt density that cause heater element to coked up on surface. Carbon molecule in oil breakup and adhere to heater coil surface. This requires heater to clean every 2-4 weeks of run time as well as short life heater. Thermojet Heater has to have high wattage and watt density in order to get enough heat for dehydration, thus. leads to heater maintenance problem. A good watt density for oil heating should be 8-12 watts per inch2. This will help prevent heater clogging prematurely.
  7. Thermojet Nozzle can easily Clog when heater is coking up and when built up dirt obstructs Nozzle tiny hole. Water dehydration will be slow or stop and pump is still running when nozzle clogged. The whole plumbing has to be taken apart in order to get to the inside and clean the clogged nozzle manually.
  8. Thermojet uses Cartridge Paper Filter that is made of Micro Glass Fiber coating on paper surface. The oil pressure surge can purge the filter material and easily cause Low Filtration Efficiency. This type of filter will not be able to get the ISO Code 13/10 or NAS 6 as claimed in its brochure. Micro Glass Filter also has low Dirt Hold Capacity as seen on its physical size.
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Advantages and Disadvantages between Thermojet and Vacuum Distillation

  1. Thermojet has advantage on higher viscosity from ISO grade 220-320 but heating temperature has to be as high as 175 °F. While Vacuum Distillation has a hard time handle oil viscosity higher than ISO 150. For ISO 220 viscosity grade Vacuum Distillation will drop their efficiency by 50% -75%.
  2. Vacuum Distillation is much more efficient than Thermojet when uses with oil with less ISO 150 viscosity grade.
  3. Both Thermojet and Vacuum Distillation has the high maintenance problem. Thermojet requires labor intensive to clean up the components while Vacuum Distillation requires expensive parts such as vacuum pump and condenser replacement.
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The above information is based on our experiences with users and their comments who wishes the manufacturer can improve their products. Please review with good discretion.

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