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ASHRAE to fund research into methyl chloride contamination

USA: ASHRAE is offering a grant of around $95,000 to look into the effects of methyl chloride on refrigeration system components and to establish safe contaminant levels.
The proposed ASHRAE Research Project comes after a number of well documented incidents including explosions and deaths attributed to R134a systems becoming contaminated with methyl chloride (R40).

One of the main objectives of the research will be to come up with an accelerated life testing plan and test methodology to determine the effects of R40 on different materials with neat refrigerant and combinations of refrigerant and lubricant. It is proposed that R40 contamination be evaluated at two concentrations in R134a, with tests being carried out on both vapour and liquid phases. In addition methodologies will be drawn up to investigate all potential reaction products.

The research will also identify ways to handle, neutralise and dispose of contaminated systems.

Further information from www.ashrae.org/standards-research--technology/research

Coronavirus industry update

UPDATED 22 April: In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors are issuing statements regarding their operations as the situation evolves. The most up to date information from each company is listed below and ...

  25-Mar-2020

Designed for the future: Daiklin's new VRV 5 series

At Daikin, we continue to push the boundaries in order to create more sustainable solutions, simplify installation, enhance performance in use, and reduce our environmental footprint. In the spirit of the Paris Agreement, we aim to be CO2 neutral by ...

  18-Sep-2020

HVCA will become B&ES on 1 March

From Thursday 1 March the HVCA will become B&ES - the Building & Engineering Services Association.
  03-Sep-2020
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