The Application of Time Resolved Dielectric Instruments to Air Force Ground Fleet Maintenance
COMPUTATIONAL SYSTEMS INC KNOXVILLE TN
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In 1993 the Military Equipment Evaluation Program MEEP located at Eglin Air Force Base, FL, evaluated a time resolved dielectric instrument for use in air force ground fleet maintenance applications. They identified this instrument as a useful device for what they termed bumper testing intended to measure oil quality before changing oil rather than simply changing oil based on calendar months or equipment usage miles or hours. Since that time the instrument has been accepted and is in use at many U.S. Air Force installations world wide. Typically an air base will have approximately 40 ground vehicles for every one flight vehicle. For example, Eglin has approximately 1200 ground vehicles supporting 30 fighting aircraft. The aircraft get oil analysis done very frequently. Until the time resolved dielectric instrument was made available, no oil analysis was performed on the ground fleet. This paper describes the application, use and results achieved by using a multifunctional oil analyzer in the maintenance shops to determine oil conditions before taking maintenance actions.
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