Routine Lube Oil Testing

viscosity

Viscosity

  • We measure viscosity and viscosity index
  • At 40° C for industrial oils and 100° C for engine oils
  • Quantify severity of oil degradation and contamination
neutralization number

Neutralization Number

  • We measure Total Acid Number (TAN) and Total Base Number (TBN)
  • TAN detects oxidation and degradation and TBN
    detects remaining additives
flash point

Flash Point of Lubricating Oil

  • Testing for contaminants, commonly infiltrating through seal leaks
  • An irregular flash point indicates contamination
particle count

Particle Count Analysis (ISO 4406)

  • Laser light counts particles in a sample to the ISO 4406 standard
  • Unacceptable amounts of particles indicate a need for microscopic analysis
fourier transform infrared

Fourier Transform InfraRed (FTIR) for Oil Oxidation

  • Quantifies water, glycol, soot, fuels, and also oxidation and nitration by-products present in lubricants
direct read ferrography

Direct Read Ferrography

  • Measure cleanliness by counting large and small
    magnetic particles
  • Total amount and relationship of small to large
    particles can indicate issues with machinery

Turbine Oil Routine Testing

spectroscopy

Emission Spectroscopy Elemental Oil Analysis

  • MRT uses the Rotrode Spectrometer
  • We closely track changes in unwanted
    particles over time
  • Particle size detection down to 3 microns
viscosity

Viscosity

  • We measure viscosity and viscosity index
  • At 40° C for industrial oils and 100° C for engine oils
  • Quantify severity of oil degradation and contamination
neutralization number

Neutralization Number

  • We measure Total Acid Number (TAN) and Total Base Number (TBN)
  • TAN detects oxidation and degradation and TBN
    detects remaining additives
Karl Fischer

Karl Fischer Water Titration

  • Water is the most common and arguably the most damaging oil contaminant
  • We detect water down to 4 ppm in any state
particle count

Particle Count Analysis (ISO 4406)

  • Laser light counts particles in a sample to the ISO 4406 standard
  • Unacceptable amounts of particles indicate a need for microscopic analysis

Semi-Annual Testing for Turbines

The Routine Test + Analytical Ferrography, Membrane Patch Colorimetry, Ruler, and Ultra Centrifuge

 

microscopic particle

Microscopic Particle Examination

  • Utilized when wear or contamination has been
    detected
  • Fine tunes root cause analysis of the potential
    problem
other lab tests

Other Available Tests

  • Some test packages are a combination of In House and Outsourced
  • We can manage the Outsourced portion and select the proper laboratory

Annual Testing for Turbines

The Semi-Annual Test + RPVOT, Copper Strip Corrosion, Demulsibility, Foaming Tendency

foaming tendency

Oil Foaming Tendency

  • Determine whether the oil foams under various
    scenarios
  • Too much foaming promotes machine wear due to loss of surface contact
copper strip corrosion

Copper Strip Corrosion

  • A test for an oil’s tendency to corrode if certain wear metals are present
demulsibility

Demulsibility

Determine whether the oil can satisfactorily separate from water

other lab tests

Other Available Tests

  • Some test packages are a combination of In House and Outsourced
  • We can manage the Outsourced portion and select the proper laboratory

Additional Lube Oil Testing

Cloud and Pour point

Cloud and Pour Point

  • Determines the level of wax in oil
  • Useful for determining whether the oil is adequate for low temperature applications
compatibility test

Oil Compatibility Test

  • Important information prior to blending or changing
    lubricants
foaming tendency

Oil Foaming Tendency

  • Determine whether the oil foams under various
    scenarios
  • Too much foaming promotes machine wear due to loss of surface contact
copper strip corrosion

Copper Strip Corrosion

  • A test for an oil’s tendency to corrode if certain wear metals are present
demulsibility

Demulsibility

Determine whether the oil can satisfactorily separate from water

microscopic particle

Microscopic Particle Examination

  • Utilized when wear or contamination has been
    detected
  • Fine tunes root cause analysis of the potential
    problem
filter analysis

Oil Filter Analysis

  • Microscopic analysis of filter media can pinpoint sources of problems
  • Filters trap all contaminants
other lab tests

Other Available Tests

  • Some test packages are a combination of In House and Outsourced
  • We can manage the Outsourced portion and select the proper laboratory