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Wear Particle Analysis

Detecting and Identifying Wear Particles

Wear particle analysis is a powerful technique for non-intrusive examination of oil-wetted parts of a machine. The particles contained in the lubricant carry detailed and important information about the condition of the machine.

This information may be deduced from particle shape, composition, size distribution, and concentration. The particle characteristics are sufficiently specific so that the operating wear modes within the machine may be determined, allowing prediction of the imminent behavior of the machine.

Ferrographic analysis prevents catastrophic equipment failure through timely and accurate prediction of abnormal or critical machine wear. Trico’s Ferrographic services, Direct Reading Ferrography, and Analytical Ferrography, saves you time and money by:

Identifying lubricant contamination problems before costly damages occur.

Helping maintenance personnel monitor component deterioration to get maximum use out of wearing component without risking secondary damage.

Predicting potential failure earlier, so maintenance personnel can schedule timely repairs without negatively impacting production schedules.

Reducing parts inventory and routine preventative overhauls through early predictions of wear that accurately identifies wearing components.


  • Determine start of abnormal wear
  • Assess the severity, origin, and development mechanism of particles
  • Predict equipment wear condition and failure potential
  • Qualitatively determine the size, shape, composition, and concentration of particles
  • Identify the source of wear
  • Determine lubricant life