MANUAL Published: 08 November 2019

Chapter 16 | Turbine Lubricating Oils and Hydraulic Fluids


Power generation continues to be the largest industrial market for lubricants and associated products outside the automotive area. However, due to a mix of cost pressures and concern over environmental pollution, our sources of energy (and consequently the use of lubricants, etc.) are changing. Perhaps the biggest change is the move from steam to gas turbine lubricants due to pressure to reduce the consumption of coal and oil, and the move away from high-cost nuclear energy. However, these are relatively slow changes and are not consistent geographically. Most new power station construction now utilizes gas turbines, as the price of natural gas is now more competitive and gas-fired stations are now quicker and cheaper to bring on-line. This chapter identifies and examines the different applications for turbine oils and hydraulic fluids; their technical requirements; and the way the formulators attempt to meet the requirements by combining the properties of suitable basestocks with additives that enhance the product performance. The specifications used by industry, both those issued by the equipment manufacturer and by standardizing organizations, are discussed in detail. The management of new oil and the maintenance of turbine oils and hydraulic fluids in service are also very important topics if the life of the product is to be extended as far as is practical, and both aspects are treated in some depth. Finally, some suggestions are made as to future technical trends.

Author Information

Phillips, W.
W. David Phillips and Associates, GB
Hannon, James
ExxonMobil Fuels and Lubricant Specialties Marketing Company, Paulsboro
Staniewski, J.
Mississauga, Ontario, CA
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Developed by Committee: D02
Pages: 581–643
DOI: 10.1520/MNL3720160020
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-7090-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-7089-6