Practicing Oil Analysis September 2002

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In all of my years in oil analysis, I cannot recall a single time when data from a surface tension (ST) or interfacial tension test (IFT) appeared on a routine analytical report, aside from...

Noria Corporation

One of the most fundamental truths that many oil analysis users learn is that elevated silicon levels from elemental spectroscopic data equate to dirt ingression. The logic is simple: common dirt...

G. Arseneault, Thermal-Lube Inc. J. Pinchuk, Thermal-Lube Inc. R. Gagne, Alcan Smelters and Chemicals Ltd. D. Pinchuk, Thermal-Lube Inc. E. Akochi-Koblé, Thermal-Lube Inc.

This project, like so many others, had a humble beginning. About five years ago, after returning from a routine sales call to the smelter where a representative was selling synthetic and...

Drew Troyer

Ready, aim, fire! Or is it ready, fire, aim? Unfortunately, the latter is more prevalent in the deployment of lubricant analysis programs. Strategy is often viewed by technologists as just a bunch...

E. C. Fitch, Tribolics, Inc.

The phenomenon of cavitation consists in the disruption of continuity in the liquid where there is considerable local reduction of pressure. The formation of bubbles within liquids...

The presence of air in the fluid of a working hydraulic system can cause significant performance problems. Furthermore, the air may be entrained or dissolved, which is difficult to detect....

Noria Corporation

While most, if not all oil analysis programs include at least some means of detecting active machine wear, all too often problems can be missed or misdiagnosed due to a basic lack of understanding...

David Filicky, Lockheed Martin Thomas Sebok, Lockheed Martin Malte Lukas, Spectro, Inc. Daniel Anderson, Spectro, Inc.

Most professionals require tools in the practice of their trade. For a doctor it may be a stethoscope, for the baseball player a glove, or for the carpenter a hammer and saw. The one...

At the Phillips 66 Trainer Refinery near Philadelphia, Pa., we recently converted some turbine/gearbox lube oil circulating systems from an ISO VG 100 synthetic lube to an ISO VG 68 turbine...

Martin Williamson

Like so many attendees in a Noria training class, Bill was no exception. When asked why he was there, he replied, ‘To learn a little more about oil analysis, so I can get the full value from my oil...

Gary D. Lipham, River Bend Station - Energy Corporation

Saving the company money is a celebratory event, especially when a group of dedicated team players serves management the lubrication savings. River Bend Station, located near St. Francisville,...

At Noria we often speak of specification drift that occurs when lubricant specifications are based upon specific products from specific blenders. While in many situations this approach works...