Doesn’t normal engine heat evaporate most liquid contaminants in oil?

April 19th, 2017

Technically yes it can – but it takes too long. Oil would not become contaminated with acids (caused by water reacting with sulphur oxides) or have its viscosity altered by fuel dilution if engine heat alone could do the job of removing unwanted liquids.

IPU’s OilLife Bypass Oil Filter System includes an evaporation chamber. This provides the right combination of controlled heat, lack of pressure and thin film of oil to enable water, gases and the light hydrocarbons of fuel to vaporise. They are then released directly to the atmosphere.

The OilLife system’s advantage is it has the opposite scenario to the engine:

  • The engine – has a large oil volume and small oil surface area this equals slow evaporation of liquids and venting of gases, therefore acids are allowed to form in the oil.
  • OilLife Bypass Oil Filter – has a large evaporation surface area comparative to volume of oil this equals fast evaporation of liquids and venting of gases, therefore the precursors / components of the acid reaction are removed before they react in the heat and pressure of the engine.

What is the OilLife?

IPU’s OilLife bypass oil filter (formerly known as EOLS: Extended OilLife System) is a kidney loop filtration system that enhances engine lubrication beyond the capabilities of traditional oil filters. Working in parallel with standard oil filtration, the OilLife system uses both filtration and evaporation to remove solid, chemical and gaseous contaminants from oils and hydraulic fluids. When combined with IPU’s OilAlert oil condition sensors, you can extend oil life and enjoy the security of realtime reporting of oil quality.

IPU’s OilLife system is suitable for engine, hydraulic, transmission and compressor oils. The benefits include:

  • Oil drain intervals extended by at least 4 times.
  • Reduced wear and damage to the engine.
  • Reduced oil usage and disposal cost.
  • Minimised filter replacement and ongoing consumable costs.
  • Reduced likelihood of unpredictable maintenance.