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The fundamental temperature scale with its zero at absolute zero and expressed in degrees Kelvin. One degree Kelvin is equal to one degree Celsius or one degree Centigrade. For the purpose of practical calculations in order to convert Celsius to Kelvin add 273. It is normal for the degree Kelvin to be abbreviated in mathematical formulae to ‘K’ with the degree symbol being omitted.

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A factory-encased assembly of elements whereby the temperature of air passing through the device is reduced.

CLEAN ROOM

A facility or enclosure in which air content and other conditions (such as temperature, humidity, and pressure) are controlled and maintained at a specific level by special facilities and operating processes and by trained personnel.

ABSOLUTE ZERO TEMPERATURE

Temperature measured from absolute zero (-459.67°F, or -273.16°C).

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In an air conditioning system, the final step in treatment, in the event the temperature is too low.

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The temperature at which waxy crystals in an oil or fuel form a cloudy appearance.

ABSOLUTE TEMPERATURE SCALE

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ABSOLUTE TEMPERATURE SCALE

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Coked material remaining after an oil has been exposed to high temperatures under controlled conditions.

REFRIGERATOR

A device to transfer heat from a low temperature to a high temperature medium.

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Improves the service life of tribological elements operating in the boundary lubrication regime. Anti-wear compounds (for example, ZDDP and TCP) start decomposing at 90° to 100°C and even at a lower temperature if water (25 to 50 ppm) is present.
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