Volume 9, Issue 1 (January 2012)
Experiences with ASTM D02 Practices D4378 and D6224 for Turbine Oils and Auxiliary Power Plant Equipment Condition Monitoring Programs
Condition monitoring practices ASTM D4378 [2011, “Section Five, Petroleum Products, Lubricants, and Fossil Fuels,” Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Vol. 05.02, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA] and ASTM D6224 [2009, “Standard Practice for In-Service Monitoring of Lubricating Oil for Auxiliary Power Plant Equipment,” Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Vol. 05.02, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA] are important activities at the SC C00 as they are the benchmark today in the power generation industry for condition monitoring and maintenance practices. With the need for increased equipment and plant efficiency in the modern economy, these methods contribute to an improved reliability and better utilization of modern turbine lubricants. In conjunction with the latest ASTM D4303 [Annual Book of ASTM Standards, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA] (the new turbine oil specification) these methods help the end-users to better understand the condition of their in-service lubricants and by turning them into immediate maintenance actions. This paper will include a few case studies, presenting the different experiences with the integration of these in-service practices, and how they are evolving with the original equipment manufacturers’ equipment developments and turbine lube oil developments.