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Lubricant Testing

Standardized Lubricant Testing


Since 1952, we have been at the forefront of providing extensive petroleum products research services, including testing to ASTM international, CEC (coordinating European Council) and OEM (original equipment manufacturer) specification testing. We are recognized worldwide for our extensive facilities, experienced staff and innovations in the field of fuels and lubricants testing. We measure the quality and determine regulatory compliance of fuels, automatic transmission fluids, gear lubricants, hydraulic oils, coolants, antifreeze, and gasoline and diesel engine lubricants. We help lubricant, additive, and equipment manufacturers improve and qualify their lubricants. We are the global leader in engine lubricant and driveline fluid testing for factory fill and service fill requirements. We perform oil analysis to check for contamination, particle content, and degradation. Facilities are available to evaluate lubricants against ASTM International (ASTM) and American Petroleum Institute (API) standards as well as International Lubricant Standardization and Approval Committee (ILSAC) requirements. For European ACEA lubricant specifications, we use bench test methods to evaluate service-fill lubricants for gasoline and diesel engines. Gasoline and diesel engine lubricants are evaluated with respect to engine sludge, oxidation, component wear, oil consumption, piston deposits and fuel economy. New engine components are also evaluated to determine acceptability with current lubricants.

SwRI offers the lubricant industry diverse research, development and evaluation capabilities unequaled by any of our competitors.