ASTM D7155 - 11

    Standard Practice for Evaluating Compatibility of Mixtures of Turbine Lubricating Oils

    Active Standard ASTM D7155 | Developed by Subcommittee: D02.C0

    Book of Standards Volume: 05.04


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    Significance and Use

    The compatibility of oils can be important for users of oil-lubricated equipment. It is well known that the mixing of two oils can produce a substance markedly inferior to either of its constituent materials. One or more of the following can occur:

    A mixture of incompatible oils most often forms a precipitate.

    The precipitate will form unwanted deposits in the lubrication system, plug filters and oil passageways.

    Such events can lead to catastrophic equipment failures.

    Because of such occurrences, lubricant suppliers recommend evaluating compatibility of lubricating oil of different formulations and sources prior to mixing. Equipment users most often do not have the resources to evaluate oil compatibility and must rely on their suppliers. Mixing of oils is a highly imprudent practice without first determining the compatibility.

    Although new turbine oils may be compatible, in-service oil of the same type may be degraded or contaminated to such an extent that the new oil added may not be compatible with the system oil. In-service oil compatibility with new oil additions should be evaluated on a case by case basis.

    The oxidation resistance of different oils of the same type can vary widely, and compatibility does not imply equivalent performance.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers the compatibility of mixtures of turbine lubricating oils of the same ISO VG grade and type as defined by Specification D4304. The Tier 1 method compares the visual appearances of specific mixtures with those of the neat oils after storage at specified conditions.

    1.2 If the current in-service oil is causing problems or if circumstances indicate the need for additional testing, a Tier 2 method compares selected performance properties of the mixture and its constituent oils.

    1.3 The Tier 1 and Tier 2 methods can be used to evaluate new (unused) lubricant compatibility or the effects of adding new (unused) lubricant to in-service lubricant in the system.

    1.4 This practice does not evaluate the wear prevention characteristics, load carrying capacity, or the mechanical shear stability of lubricants mixtures while in service. If anti-wear (AW), extreme pressure (EP), or shear stability are to be evaluated, further testing of these parameters may be required.

    1.4.1 Tier 1Mixtures of the two constituent oils to be evaluated are prepared at specified proportions, stored in an oven at 65°C for 168 h, and then evaluated for changes in physical appearance.

    1.4.2 Tier 1Mixtures of the two constituent oils to be evaluated are prepared at specified proportions, stored in an oven at 65°C for 168 h, and then evaluated for changes physical appearance and parameters detailed in 7.3.

    1.5 Mixtures of the two constituent oils are evaluated in a primary testing protocol using the following standards:

    Appearance (Tier 1 and Tier 2)   Appendix X1
    Kinematic ViscosityTest Method D445
    AcidityTest Methods D664 and D974
    Pentane InsolubleTest Method D893
    Copper Corrosion Test Method D130
    Rust Prevention Test Method D665
    Foaming CharacteristicsTest Method D892
    Air Release PropertiesTest Method D3427
    Water SeparabilityTest Method D1401
    Oxidation Stability Test Note 1

    1.5.1 For compatible mixtures, a supplemental (nonmandatory) testing scheme is suggested when circumstances indicate the need for additional testing the beyond Tier 2 primary recommended tests.

    Note 1—The oxidation stability test method should be selected based on the product type and in agreement with the lubricant supplier (see Appendix X2 for options). Unlike other tests described in this practice, the impact on oxidation stability may not be easily interpreted with a pass/fail rating. The user is encouraged to contact the lubricant supplier for assistance in the evaluation of the data.

    1.6 Sequential or concurrent testing is continued until the test requestor or user is satisfied that the intent of this practice has been met. If any mixture fails the Tier 1 visual appearance method or any of the Tier 2 primary tests, when requested, the oils are incompatible. If all mixtures pass the Tier 1 or Tier 2 tests, the oils are considered compatible by those methods.

    1.7 This practice applies only to lubricating oils having characteristics suitable for evaluation by the suggested test methods. If the scope of a specific test method limits testing to those oils within a specified range of properties, oils outside that range cannot be tested for compatibility by that test method.

    1.8 This practice may be used to evaluate the compatibility of different types and grades of oil. However, it is not intended to evaluate such mixtures. The user is advised to consult with suppliers in these situations.

    1.9 This practice does not purport to cover all test methods that could be employed.

    1.10 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.

    1.11 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D130 Test Method for Corrosiveness to Copper from Petroleum Products by Copper Strip Test

    D445 Test Method for Kinematic Viscosity of Transparent and Opaque Liquids (and Calculation of Dynamic Viscosity)

    D611 Test Methods for Aniline Point and Mixed Aniline Point of Petroleum Products and Hydrocarbon Solvents

    D664 Test Method for Acid Number of Petroleum Products by Potentiometric Titration

    D665 Test Method for Rust-Preventing Characteristics of Inhibited Mineral Oil in the Presence of Water

    D892 Test Method for Foaming Characteristics of Lubricating Oils

    D893 Test Method for Insolubles in Used Lubricating Oils

    D974 Test Method for Acid and Base Number by Color-Indicator Titration

    D1401 Test Method for Water Separability of Petroleum Oils and Synthetic Fluids

    D1500 Test Method for ASTM Color of Petroleum Products (ASTM Color Scale)

    D2270 Practice for Calculating Viscosity Index from Kinematic Viscosity at 40 and 100C

    D2272 Test Method for Oxidation Stability of Steam Turbine Oils by Rotating Pressure Vessel

    D3120 Test Method for Trace Quantities of Sulfur in Light Liquid Petroleum Hydrocarbons by Oxidative Microcoulometry

    D3427 Test Method for Air Release Properties of Petroleum Oils

    D4304 Specification for Mineral Lubricating Oil Used in Steam or Gas Turbines

    D4310 Test Method for Determination of Sludging and Corrosion Tendencies of Inhibited Mineral Oils

    D5185 Test Method for Determination of Additive Elements, Wear Metals, and Contaminants in Used Lubricating Oils and Determination of Selected Elements in Base Oils by Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometry (ICP-AES)

    D5846 Test Method for Universal Oxidation Test for Hydraulic and Turbine Oils Using the Universal Oxidation Test Apparatus

    D6186 Test Method for Oxidation Induction Time of Lubricating Oils by Pressure Differential Scanning Calorimetry (PDSC)

    D6304 Test Method for Determination of Water in Petroleum Products, Lubricating Oils, and Additives by Coulometric Karl Fischer Titration

    D6514 Test Method for High Temperature Universal Oxidation Test for Turbine Oils


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 75.100 (Lubricants, industrial oils and related products)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 15121527(Turbine oil)


    DOI: 10.1520/D7155-11

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