Soot Removal from Diesel Engine Lubrication Systems 2010-01-2101
The removal of soot in the lubricating sumps of diesel engines is a formidable task, further compounded by the introduction of Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR). Efficient removal of soot would help ensure engine durability and engine performance while increasing oil drain intervals thus reducing maintenance costs. This paper describes a method by which soot can be separated from the oil with the application of an electric field by utilizing the small electrical charge on the soot particles. The electric field is applied to a network of electrodes that support an open porous network which stabilizes the weakly bound soot cake. Significantly higher filtration efficiency was achieved as compared to mechanical particulate filtration and centrifugation. The paper also discusses the controlling conditions while detailing the performance testing at both a bench scale level and pilot scale level.