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Cost-Effective Analysis of Wear Metals in Oil Using ICP-OES

This new paper from SPECTRO discusses spectrometer-based elemental analysis and explains why it has become a fundamental technique for condition monitoring. The paper explains the process of assessing component wear through elemental analysis and identification of foreign matter in the oil and also the determination of diminishing levels of additives in the oil to predict the “health” of the lubricant. The paper reviews basic ICP-OES principles, explains how the major components of an ICP-OES instrument function, and compares the advantages and disadvantages of simultaneous ICP-OES technology versus sequential ICP-OES versus Flame AAS. Using the SPECTRO GENESIS ICP-OES as a test instrument, the paper references the typical limits of detection data you can expect to derive for the relevant elements.

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