Market Investigation for Oil Analysis Instruments
Final rept. May 98-Apr 99
TACOM RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING CENTER WARREN MI
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The Army Oil Analysis Program AOAP is part of a Department of Defense effort to detect impending equipment component failures and to determine lubricant condition through periodic analytical evaluation of lubricants. AOAP is a mandatory maintenance tool for all aeronautical and selected non-aeronautical equipment in the Army inventory. Portable or on-board condition monitoring would enhance AOAPs capabilities and provide faster results to the user, thereby avoiding critical engine failure. This technology would empower maintenance technicians to determine if their equipment needed repairs or an oil change. In response to this need, a market investigation was conducted by the Petroleum and Water Quality Technology Team PWQTT of Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center TARDEC in Warren, MI. The purpose of the investigation is to determine if there are commercially available portable oil analysis devices that would meet the Armys requirements. The investigation revealed that there are a number of portable oil analysis devices commercially available. However, a combination of several devices would be necessary in order to satisfy the Armys requirement. The results of the investigation are documented in this report.
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