Elements of a successful oil analysis programme. Part 2. J. Fitch. Lubric. Engng., October 1998, 54(10), 15--17.

The essential requirements of an oil analysis program are described as fluid properties, fluid contamination, and fluid wear debris analysis. Important laboratory tests in each category are listed. For debris analysis emission spectroscopy is used to evaluate metals such as iron, aluminium, copper, chromium and lead, and analytical ferrography is used to overcome the particle size bias of spectroscopic methods. Interpreting the results obtained from complex machinery is discussed and eleven guidelines are given for recording important data. Suggested targets and limits in oil analysis are tabulated. 7 refs.

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