CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In recent years, hydraulic fluids based on modern, synthetic polyol esters have gained considerable attention in Power Generation as an alternative to electro-hydraulic (EHC) fluids. Quaker Chemical (NYSE:KWR) – a global leader in fire-resistant hydraulic fluids – recently conducted studies in this area, comparing various types of EHC fluids with respect to fire-resistance, environmental impact, maintenance requirements and fluid costs.
Steam turbines operate using (EHC) fluids. The valves control steam that can reach temperatures of 1,000 degrees F (538 degrees C) or higher, creating demanding conditions for the hydraulic fluid. Traditionally either mineral oil-based hydraulic fluids or – more frequently – fire-resistant fluids based on phosphate esters have been used in the steam turbines.
Quaker Chemical has not only conducted research which helps to educate the industry, but in addition their technical experts have worked to engineer world-class, Factory Mutual-approved fire-resistant synthetic polyol ester (HFD-U) fluids. These fire-resistant fluids are part of Quaker's QUINTOLUBRIC® product line, which provides engineered solutions that are both biodegradable and non-toxic.
To share more detailed findings of this recent study, Dr. Nico Broekhof – Quaker's Global Development Manager – will present the paper Modern, Ester –Based Hydraulic Fluids for Power Generation, at the STLE 2011 Annual Meeting (The Society of Technology and Lubrication Engineers) in Atlanta on May 18th at 3:30 PM. For more information on Quaker Chemical, please visit www.quakerchem.com.
Quaker Chemical Corporation is a leading global provider of process chemicals, chemical specialties, services, and technical expertise to a wide range of industries – including steel, aluminum, automotive, mining, aerospace, tube and pipe, coatings and construction materials. Quaker's products, technical solutions, and chemical management services enhance customers' processes, improve product quality, and lower costs. Quaker's headquarters is located near Philadelphia in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.
SOURCE Quaker Chemical Corporation