Tribology and Wear Debris Analysis (Lubrication Management)

What it is ... 

This method is used in systems employing petroleum-based or synthetic fluids such as lubricants or working media (hydraulic systems) and is based on analysing the wear debris entering the circulating fluid system to detect the onset of damage. The wear debris is analysed by:
  • Shape
  • Size
  • Number of particles
  • Type
  • Chemistry
  • Morphology and condition of particles.
Tribology and wear debris analysis give a clue as to the state of the machine and incipient damage. Methods of analysis include:
  • Viscometry
  • Particle sizing
  • FTIR
  • ICP
  • Image analyser
  • Ferrography
  • AAS
  • XRF
  • SEM.