Original Date: 08/08/1994
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Oil Analysis
The Petroleum, Oil, and Lubricant group at CSTA is responsible for performing oil analysis on Army vehicles to determine water and sediment contamination, wear metal concentration, viscosity analysis, and trend analysis.
Prior to 1983, lubricating fluids in Army vehicles had been changed according to standards or manufacturer-set intervals. CSTA has applied lubricating fluid test methods to determine when fluids must be changed to prevent mechanical damage. Because combat vehicle transmissions contain as much as 50 gallons of lubricant, extended maintenance intervals can significantly decrease the amount of oil purchased to service Army vehicles and the amount of waste oil generated by these vehicles.
The technology available for oil testing at CSTA has significantly improved since the inception of this program. The results of these improvements have included oil sample result turnaround times decreasing from two weeks to three days, and annual hazardous waste generation from testing decreasing from 467 gallons per year to 90 gallons per year.
For more information see the
Point of Contact for this survey.