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1020 - Oil Analysis

Course number
On-site or at our offices

Duration: 3 days

Following this training, the participant will be able to acquire the knowledge necessary to be able to read, understand and interpret oil analysis reports so as to maximize the return on capital invested in an industrial oil analysis program.

Intended for

Industrial maintenance technicians, managers and engineers who are interested in learning about oil analysis.


Next course in progression
2001 - Machinery Lubrication I

Course Content

Maintenance philosophies
  • The steps to follow to achieve world-class status
  • Costs and benefits: What to expect ?
  • The elements to intergrate to improve equipment reliability
Basic concepts of lubrication
  • The functions of a lubricant
  • The properties of basis oils
  • Minerals and synthetic oils
  • Hydrodynamic and elasto-hydrodynamic lubrication
  • Additives
The basics of oil analysis
  • Listen to your oils
  • Types of oil analysis
  • The application of oil analysis
Oil sampling
  • Cleanliness of sampling bottles
  • Options for sampling lubricants
  • Ideal sampling locations
  • Effective sampling practices
  • Sampling intervals
Analyzing wear debris
  • How is wear debris measured?
  • How to set limits and alarms
  • Possible sources of metals in oil
  • Analytical ferrography
Analysis of fluid properties
  • Oil oxidation 
  • Viscosity and the viscosity index
  • The oil acidity and alkalinity index
  • Following AN and BN trends
  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)
  • Rotating Pressure Vessels Oxidation Test (RPVOT)
  • How to assess the presence of varnish
  • How to monitor the deterioration of additives
Contamination control
  • Contamination by particles
  • Filters and snifter valves
  • Contamination by glycol
  • Contamination by moisture and water
  • Contamination by air

Certification available

Certification exam MLA I, is available via the ICML (International Council for Machinery Lubrication) the day after the 3 day course.

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