Lubrication and condition monitoring for combustion engines

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OilDoc GmbH
Kerschelweg 29
83093 Brannenburg

Target group

  • Skilled employees and executives working in operation and maintenance of car fleets, construction machines, agricultural equipment and other with combustion engines operated vehicles, plants or facilities
  • Engineers, technicians, foremans working in construction or service of engine, components or vehicle producers and their service partners
  • Skilled employees of repair, engine reconditioning or service companies
  • Distribution engineers and sales people of mineral oil companies and their trading partners
  • Authorized experts for combustion engines
  • Technically interested employees who want to extend their knowledge in the areas lubrication techniques and tribology


  • Correct selection of the optimal engine oil for an economic and reliable operation of your engines
  • Influence of the type and quality of fuel on the lifetime of the oil filling and the engine
  • Extraction of meaningful oil samples
  • Extension of oil changing intervals
  • Early recognition of unusual wear and failures
  • Investigation of causes of faliure after breakdowns
  • Oil analysis in pro-active maintenance
  • Interpretation of lab reports
  • Warning values for evaluation of machine damages and oil condition

3-days basis-training

Lubrication, Friction and Wear

  • Lubrication and formation of lubricating film
  • Hydrodynamic and hydrostatic lubrication
  • Importance of viscosity and temperature
  • Wear mechanisms and their causes

Fundamentals of lubricants

  • Mineral oils, partially synthetic and synthetic oils in comparison
  • Charactersitics and areas of application of mineral oils, hydrocrack, PAO, Ester oils and polyglycols
  • Miscibility and compatibilty of different oil types
  • Types, active principle and application of lubricants addtives

Lubricants for combustion engines

  • Requirements for engine oils and their charactersitics
  • Differences of engine oils in comparison to other lubricants
  • Oil requirements for diesel- and Otto engines
  • Specialties for the operation with biodiesel, plant oils or propane gas
  • Types of engine oils and their areas of application
  • Low-SAPS, additives, soot content and alkalinity
  • Suitability for systems of after-treatment of exhaust gases
  • ACEA, API, Jasum-specifications

Operational alterations of lubricating oils

  • Application-specific strain and oil ageing
  • Oil oxidation, hydrolysis and cracking
  • Reduction of alkalic reserves, antioxidants and other additives
  • Contamination through water, dust, soot, sludge, fuel
  • Ashes and their consequences
  • Mixture of different engine oils
  • Influence of glycol (cooling water), biogenous fuels on oils
  • Visible changes: cloudiness, contamination and phase separation

Characteristics of biogenous fuels

  • Pilot injection engines
  • RME/Biodiesel, plant oils: cpecial characteristics
  • Bioethanol
  • Consequences for engine operation and the engine oil in comparison to conventional fuels
  • Reduction and optimization of oil changing intervals

Oil analysis for engine oils

  • Oil analysis
     Why, when, how often?
     Methods and devices for sampling
     Required data, sampling datasheet 
     Online portal: lab report, data entry, enquiries
     Data migration into a maintenance program
  • Analysis techniques
    Analysis sets, areas of application and explanatory power
    Identification of wear characteristic values: element analysis, PQ-Index
    Characteristic values for oil condition: viscosity, oxidation, FTIR analysis, acid, AN, i-pH, SAN
    Reduction of additives: antioxidants, FTIR and RULER, BN and AN
    Contamination: water, antifreeze agent, pilot-injection fuel, soot, sludge, acids, intermixtures
  • Interpretation of lab report results
    Define warning and Limit values
    Recognize known oil types on lab report
    Interpretation of real lab reports

1-day workshop

Precondition: Participation in 3-day Seminar

Interpretation of lab report results

  • Warning and limit values, trend estimation
  • Damage analysis: complexity and pattern recognition
  • Recognition of environmental conditions
  • Consideration of application-specific specifications
  • Group work, exercises with lab reports
  • Handling of typical external and internal requests

Additional analysis methods

  • Differences of routine analysis and specific analysis
  • Extended analysis methods for engine oils
  • Ash content, evaporation loss
  • CSS- and HTHS-viscosity
  • Incoming goods control

Oil analysis for clarification of cause of damage

  • Recognition of causes for wear and damages
  • Reasons for abnormal noise, vibration and increased temperature
  • Problems from reality and identification of their causes
  • Continously and suddenly decreasing oil standing times
  • Varnish, sludge formation
  • Reduced filter usage time and filter Blockade
  • Examples

Chances and limits of oil sensors

  • Overview about current state of development
  • Charactersistics and areas of application of specific sensor types
  • Calibration and comparison of sensors via oil analysis

5% discount for more than 3 registrations

Services included:

  • Participation in training
  • Hot lunch on all days
  • Coffee/tea and snacks during breaks
  • Non-alcoholic beverages during training
  • Detailed training material, printed and on USB Memory stick
  • Certificate of participation
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