Varnish Detection through Oil Analysis

Presented by:
Chevron Lubricants and POLARIS Laboratories®
Tuesday, February 1, 2022 | 11 a.m. ET

Varnish is a type of harmful contamination that adheres to metal surfaces and can cause hot spots, an increase in machine temperature and filter plugging and micro-dieseling. Varnish can occur in turbines, compressors, hydraulics, large circulation and lube systems. It can cause serious, catastrophic damage to your system leaving you with unplanned downtime, maintenance problems and even failure.

Join Elaine Hepley, Data Analysis Manager with POLARIS Laboratories®, and Zach Sutton, Industrial and Services Sector Specialist with Chevron, and learn how varnish enters the system, how to identify it with oil testing, the detrimental damage it can cause and how to remediate it.

Topics include:

  • What is varnish and what causes it
  • Concerns from varnish contamination
  • Utilizing oil analysis to identify varnish
  • Test methods used to detect it
  • Micropatch testing
  • Membrane Patch Colorimetry (MPC) testing

Presented by:

Elaine Hepley
Data Analysis Manager
POLARIS Laboratories®

Zach Sutton
Industrial and Services Sector Specialist
Chevron Lubricants