Engine oil analysis is a laboratory procedure that involves a sample of engine oil, whether new or used, which is analyzed for various properties and materials that monitor wear metals and contamination. Analysis of a sample of used engine oil can determine the wear rate and overall engine condition, along with potential problems and imminent failures before they happen. This has become a critical tool in certain industries such as aviation, racing, and commercial shipping fleets where downtime due to engine failure can be costly and potentially dangerous.
You are able to narrow down and monitor wear patterns of specific components in an engine by knowing the amount of each elemental metal in the sample. Analysis can detect these elemental metals, and also detect various types of contamination. Insoluble matter (carbon, dirt, etc), fuel, or coolant can al be detected, resulting in the ability to spot any abnormalities before they become a costly or dangerous problem. This increases an engine’s service life, reduces repair bills, unscheduled down time, and potential catastrophic failures.
BHI Labs can determine each element and their concentrations by identifying their unique wavelength and intensity which is then matched against a calibrated sample. An engine oil analysis report can then be generated for each customer.