Combustion and Steam Turbine Oil Analysis for Energy Industry

TestOil offers expert advanced oil analysis for turbines for companies across the spectrum of energy industries. Routine turbine oil analysis includes tests such as particle count, Karl Fischer, elemental spectroscopy, FTIR, Viscosity @40 degrees, and acid number.  Advanced testing will provide more specific information on lubricant condition with tests that include RPVOT, foam, color, rust, RULER, MPC, ultracentrifuge, and demulsibility.

                According to TestOil Field/Data Analyst Matt McMahon, “We would suggest advanced testing if something doesn’t look right on a report such as a high acid number, a high oxidation number and also if the appearance of the sample itself looks suspicious—cloudy for example.”

While advanced testing would be recommended for any anomalies picked up during routine testing, annual turbine testing , which should be performed every year, regardless of condition, encompasses both basic and advanced tests

                Because turbine oils can last up to 20 years and turbines tend to be very costly and critical to operations, TestOil recommends both regular oil analysis and an annual turbine package for all turbines.  This annual testing includes careful monitoring of both lube oil physical and chemical properties, together with common contaminants such as water and solid particles. It is recommended not just for in-service oils, but also for new oils, which must meet rigorous performance specifications prior to selection and use in a new application.

                TestOil’s rigorous annual turbine analysis results in a comprehensive report on the state of the oil and turbine.  The report is a 9-page analysis summarizing each of the tests performed along with a detailed explanation of each test result. The report also contains a summary of findings, as well as recommended actions as identified by TestOil analysts.

                For more information on working with TestOil for turbine oil analysis and training visit www.testoil.com. Contact: 216-251-2510; [email protected].

About TestOil

With more than 30 years of experience in the oil analysis industry, TestOil focuses exclusively on assisting industrial facilities with reducing maintenance costs and avoiding unexpected downtime through oil analysis program implementation. As industry experts in diagnosing oil-related issues in equipment such as turbines, hydraulics, gearboxes, pumps, compressors and diesel generators, TestOil provides customers with a guarantee of same-day turnaround on all routine testing. With in-house, certified training professionals, TestOil offers lubrication and oil analysis training, private onsite training, certification training and exams, and educational webinars. For more information on partnering with TestOil on oil analysis programs or training opportunities visit www.testoil.com.

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