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Monthly archives "September 2013"

How To Monitor Your Turbine Oil’s Health


Turbine oils, particularly those used in steam turbines, are expected to last 10 to 20 years. During this lifespan careful monitoring of both lube oil physical and chemical properties, together with common contaminants such as water and solid particles, is required and should be performed annually. This is true not just of 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 Annual Turbine Analysis Report is a comprehensive turbine test package that provides a detailed analysis of the health of your turbine oil and contains the following tests:

View a sample turbine report

View a sample turbine report

Understanding Your Test Results

Our Annual Turbine Analysis Report is a 9-page analysis summarizing each of the tests we perform and containing a detailed explanation of each test result. The report also contains a summary of finding, as well as recommended actions as identified by our analysts. Click on the report cover above to view a sample report.

To learn more about our Annual Turbine Oil Analysis Report, please contact:

Angela Ritchie
Phone: 216.251.2510

New Material Identification Analysis Testing


Technical Bulletin
New Material Identification Analysis Testing

TESTOIL has developed the Material Identification Analysis using Full Spectrum IR technology to analyze your mystery sludge and particles. A  solid deposit in a fluid system or a plugging filter is direct evidence of some sort of irregularity and a thorough analysis of this evidence can be extremely valuable in determining severity and root cause.

Why Use Material Identification Analysis?
When foreign materials appear in a sump or on a filter, the cause is not often obvious. Standard fluid testing may not be able to point to any specific problem. With the right analysis, this material can provide valuable evidence of a chemical problem with the fluid, mechanical problem with the machine, or external contamination into the fluid system.

Test Procedure
In most cases, sample portions are analyzed by ATR-FTIR.  In this technique, infrared light is reflected off the surface of a sample and a transmission spectrum is generated.  Different molecular structures will absorb different frequencies of light.  By studying a transmission spectrum, one can observe which frequencies were absorbed and characterize the molecules present.

Depending on the sample, additional testing may be added to further characterize the material.  Whenever possible, suggestions are given for possible sources or causes of the problem.  Any additional information provided by the customer (operating environment, machine symptoms, potential contaminants) is very helpful in enhancing recommendations.

Check out this video of our new MIA test.