Practicing Oil Analysis September 2004

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Jim Fitch, Noria Corporation

I recently analyzed a database of more than 30,000 oil analysis reports from diesel engine samples (Class 8, long-haul trucks). With so much information at my fingertips, I was like a kid in a...

Noria Corporation

Years ago I was performing on-site oil analysis screening in a steel mill. My job was to collect oil samples from each of the 18 bar mill gearboxes and screen them for ISO particle count, ferrous...

Mervin H. Jones, Swansea Tribology Services Ltd. U.K.

The very best oil analysis programs incorporate some degree of on-site analysis. For most plants, mills and mines, particle monitoring is the most productive on-site oil analysis activity...

Czech Republic Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague Jaroslav Cerny, Department of Petroleum Technology and Petrochemistry

Acronyms Used in this Article DSC - Differential Scanning Calorimetry HTHS - High Temperature, High Shear OIT -...

Jim Fitch, Noria Corporation Drew Troyer, Noria Corporation

Proper oil sampling is critical to an effective oil analysis program. Without a representative sample, further oil analysis endeavors are futile. There are two primary goals in obtaining a...

Sabrin Gebarin

Recently, an engine oil sample was tested to determine the root cause of a failure that resulted in an engine seizing. Initial observation of the oil sample showed it was thick and almost...

Simon Bradshaw, Sulzer Pumps

“Reproduced with permission of the Turbomachinery Laboratory (http://turbolab.tamu.edu). From Proceedings of the Seventeenth International Pump Users Symposium, Turbomachinery Laboratory,...

Darrin Clark, Insight Services

It has been well discussed that oil analysis can effectively monitor three parameters of lubrication. First and foremost, many tests monitor the health of a lubricant. These tests are...

Teresa Hansen, Noria Corporation

After experiencing two hydraulic pump seal failures in as many months on a pump that normally “runs forever” with no problems, the maintenance staff at Alcoa Mill Products, Lancaster, Pa., decided...

During a routine thermography scan of rotating equipment at Harrison Power Station, it was noted that the 3B recycle pump gearbox was operating at elevated temperatures. The other five...