A Paradigm Shift in Gas Turbine Lubricant Maintenance
Peter T. Dufresne Jr., Matthew G. Hobbs, PhD
While gas turbine oil maintenance is recognized as being essential, many programs lack the basic tools to maintain their lubricants within specification. Existing lubricant maintenance is typically reactive in scope, uses filtration technology from the 1970s and does not target the root cause of many lubricant and mechanical failures: varnish.
This paper discusses a modern approach to lubricant maintenance that offers technical advantages to gas turbine owners. This approach maintains lubricant quality in ideal condition on a consistent basis, improving performance and eliminating common issues. Furthermore, this approach can eliminate the cause of lubricant failures, extending the fluid’s operating life to 20 years or more.