assigned a quality class ranging from class 0, the most stringent, to Class 9, the most relaxed. The end user-user is responsible for defining the air quality required for their particular application or process.Air treatment manufacturers present technical data in reference to ISO 8573.1. An easy to understand ISO8573.1: 2001 table defines the various air quality classes. The standard also determines that air quality shall be designated by the following nomenclature:Compressed Air Purity Classes A, B, C:Where:
A= solid particle class designationB= humidity and liquid water class designationC= oil class designation
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Compressed Air Contamination
Contaminants originate from three general sources.1.Contaminants in the surrounding ambient are drawn into the air system through the intake of theair compressor. Ingested contaminants appear in the form of water vapor, hydrocarbon vapors, natural particles and airborne particulates.2. As result of the mechanical compression process, additional impurities may be introduced intothe air system. Generated contaminants include compressor lubricant, wear particles and vaporizedlubricant.3.A compressed air system will contain in-built contamination. Piping distribution and air storagetanks, more prevalent in older systems, will have contaminant in the form of rust, pipe scale, mineraldeposits and bacteria.
Water vapor enters the system through the intake of the air compressor. In total volume, condensed water vapor represents the majority of liquid contamination in a compressed air system. On a typical summer dayof 80(F (21(C) and 70% relative humidity, approximately 19.5 gallons (73.8 liters) of water enters a 100