R Series Transformer Breathers
The R Series Transformer Breathers from Enviro-Tronics are manufactured from UV stabilised poly-carbonate and are available in three different sizes. The clear polycarbonate body allows for clear visibility of the desiccant charge and enables users to check desiccant condition with ease. The unit is mounted from a ¾” female pipe thread connection at the top of the breather. This connection point is also used for filling and emptying the desiccant within the breather. Two-way, low pressure valves are fitted in the base of the breather to ensure that the atmospheric air enters the desiccant when a negative pressure differential occurs within the equipment being protected.
The following data should be used for the basic selection of a transformer breather. In order to assess the size of the breather, the air volume above the oil in the conservator tank is the most important factor to consider. The quantity of oil and the transformer rating is of secondary importance. The daily breathing rate is based on the assumption that there are two temperature drops of 8°C per 24 hours. The breathing volume change which occurs during the pump start-up is not taken into consideration.
The transformer breather is supplied with a threaded sealing plug screwed into the top moulding to prevent any water vapour ingress whilst in store. This plug should be removed immediately prior to the unit being fitted to the air vent pipe of the transformer reservoir tank. Fit the breather and tighten using the spanner flats provided at the top of the unit. Maximum torque on threads is 9Nm/80lbfin.
NOTE: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SCREW OR UNSCREW THE BREATHER BY HOLDING THE BODY WITH YOUR HANDS, USE A SPANNER ON THE FLATS PROVIDED.
Replacing Spent Desiccant
The only maintenance necessary is replacing the spent desiccant as detailed below:
1. Unscrew the breather from the vent pipe.
2. Remove the perforated cover in the top moulding and empty the spent desiccant from the container. This material may be disposed of in a normal landfill site.
3. Fill the container with active orange desiccant, lightly tap the container to settle the desiccant and top up if necessary. We supply the desiccant refills for our Transformer Breather range.
4. Replace the perforated cover and screw the recharged breather back onto the vent pipe.
Periodic inspection should be carried out to monitor the condition of the desiccant charge. The breathers are filled with beaded Envirogel desiccant. This material changes colour from orange to green as it becomes saturated with water vapour. When the colour change reaches the indicator line on the desiccant container it should be recharged with fresh desiccant or the complete assembly should be replaced.
Envirogel refills - Part No. BL/D6331 offers capacities ranging from 0.5 to 50Kg.