QMI Triplex Monitor (Q01T)

Atmospheric oil mist detection systems are advanced technologies used to detect and monitor oil mist particles in the air. These systems are critical for safety and efficiency in various industrial environments, such as aerospace, engineering and power generation.

By identifying oil mist at an early stage, potential hazards such as fires or explosion risks can be minimized. They also help to reduce environmental pollution and comply with health and safety standards. Modern oil mist detection systems use a combination of optical, chemical and electronic sensors to ensure accurate and reliable measurements.

A QMI system for the detection of atmospheric oil mist usually consists of two main components: a monitor and a sensor. The monitors differ in the number of inputs for the sensors.

QMI Triplex Monitor  (Q01T) 

  • Is for areas where only one, two or three sensors are required.
  • Provides rapid 500 millisecond response times when the sensors are correctly mounted.
  • Identifies a hazardous build-up of oil mist in confined zones.
  • Gives advance warning of dangerous conditions in order to prevent the outbreak of fires.
  • Sensors can be used in hydraulic pack locations, as recommended by OCIMF.
  • Sensors can be used in main engine rooms, as recommended by IMO.
  • The QMI TRIPLEX System is simple to install on new or existing vessels.

This fine, highly flammable mist of between 1 and 10µm is produced at surface temperatures of between 200°C and 600°C, while droplets greater than 50µm are typically produced from pinhole leaks in a pressure line.

In an open machinery space, oil mist or spray of any droplet size must be treated as a potential fire risk and appropriate detection systems should be in place to safeguard ships’ crew and equipment before it becomes a MAIB incident.

The principle used in the early oil mist detection systems – obscuration light absorption – is still used by most manufacturers of oil mist detection systems to this day. The technology involves the extraction of the oil mist from selected points within the crankcase which is then transferred in sequence via discrete pipes to a central detector, usually mounted on the engine, with a facility for remote reading at a centralised panel.

However, these systems have a very slow response time which, in some cases, raises alarm after engine seizure or explosion has actually taken place.

When the lenses become obscured a false alarm can occur.

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