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Alan is a technical author. He specializes in Used Oil Analysis. He has a Degree in Applied Chemistry. With almost 38 years in the oil industry, he has extensive technical and laboratory experience in the analysis, customer service, manufacture, product integrity and quality assurance of fuels and lubricants. Alan will help you understand what used oil testing can do to help you maintain your expensive and treasured equipment.

Oxidation and Nitration in Used Oil Analysis

Both oxidation and nitration can be determined using the Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) method, which is also used to determine water content as discussed in a previous article.  As you can see from the FTIR scan below both oxidation and nitration give individual peaks from which their level can be determined. There are various FTIR methods […]

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Water Content in Used Oil Analysis

Water contamination in oil can be extremely detrimental as it can cause any of the following: Rust/corrosion Sludge formation Increase in oil oxidation Decrease in fatigue life (bearings, gears) Increased wear Reduced additive protection Filter plugging SourcesWater contamination can come from various sources such as: Condensation Low temperature engine operation Inter/after cooler of air compressors […]

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