Practicing Oil Analysis March 2007

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Jim Fitch, Noria Corporation

This column is about the many strange effects temperature has on lubricant states, performance and condition. The idea was triggered by a clever analogy about an egg I heard at an ASTM conference a...

Noria Corporation

Are you one of the millions of people across the country playing Sudoku to pass the time? Sudoku is a logic-based puzzle with an objective of filling a nine-by-nine grid so every column, row...

Matt Spurlock, Noria Corporation

In an effort to explain the meaning of oil analysis for those who lack specific knowledge, we often make direct comparisons between maintenance and conditions of the human body (Table 1). We often...

Ashley Mayer

It is a truism that a badly run oil analysis program does more harm than good. On more than one occasion, I've recommended that a client terminate their current oil analysis activities until they...

F. R. Van De Voort, Mcgill University Ir Group R. Cocciardi, Thermal-Lube Inc. David Pinchuk, Thermal-Lube Inc.

We're all aware of various advertising mediums flogging super-excellent lubricants with outrageous claims, that buying lots of them will solve all your lubrication woes. Just take a look around...

Buddy Atherton, United Air Specialists, Inc./Kleentek

Oxidation results from the thermal stressing of lubricating oil, and the by-products of oxidation can lead to the formation of varnish in hydraulic control and lubricating oil systems. Figure 1a....

Dave Wooton, Wooton Consulting

Oxidation is the most predominant reaction experienced by a lubricant in service, accounting for significant lubricant problems. Oxidation is the major source for viscosity increase, varnish...

Lindsay Potter, Noria Corporation

Tribology is the science and technology of friction, lubrication and wear; or of interacting surfaces in relative motion. Generally, any product where a material slides or rubs over another is...

Free and emulsified water can cause contamination in critical fluids, resulting in additive depletion, oxidization, bacterial growth, component wear and corrosion. Before signs of water contamination...

Suzy Jamieson, ICML

By now, certification is common across a broad range of professions. Quality certification programs provide standards and guidelines for professional recognition. While certification is not a...