Accession Number : ADA336543

Title :   Evaluation of Automatic Aqueous Parts Washers

Descriptive Note : Final rept.

Corporate Author : CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL

Personal Author(s) : Hanson, Michelle J. ; Aden, Teresa S. ; Bevelheimer, Susan J.

PDF Url : ADA336543

Report Date : DEC 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 29

Abstract : In the past, solvents have been used to clean oils and greases, soils, inorganic salts, and foreign particles from manufactured materials or parts. However, increased awareness of the health, safety, and environmental issues surrounding the use and disposal of solvents has stimulated a search for alternatives. Many parts cleaning practices that once relied on petroleum-based solvents can also be done with aqueous cleaning. Petroleum-based solvents depend largely on their abilities to dissolve organic contaminants, while aqueous cleaning uses water as the primary solvent and a combination of water conditioners, detergents, and surfactants to promote better cleaning of the metal object. This research evaluated automatic aqueous parts washers, sometimes called 'jet washers,' currently in use at U.S. Army installations. The study found that users are generally satisfied with the performance of these washers and that the washers are relatively low maintenance. Recommendations were made to optimize the use of automatic aqueous parts washers.

Descriptors :   *CLEANING, MAINTENANCE, MILITARY VEHICLES, SURFACE ACTIVE SUBSTANCES, PARTS, AQUEOUS SOLUTIONS.

Subject Categories : Solvents, Cleaners, and Abrasives
      Environmental Health and Safety

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE