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Determination of Wear Metals in Lubrication Oils: A Comparison Study of ICP-OES and FAAS

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Certain wear metals (Fe, Cr, Ni, Cu and Zn) of various lubrication oils were determined by means of ICP-OES and FAAS. The kerosene dilution method, which is used widely together with ICP-OES, was applied with both methods here. Calibration standards were made from a commercial organo-metallic standard. Our aim was to clarify the possibility of using the quick kerosene dilution method together with FAAS for a rapid check for certain indicator metals. Metal determinations with FAAS were accurate enough for quantitative work in machine condition diagnostics and waste oil characterization, when compared with those with ICP-OES.

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VäHäoja, P., Välimäki, I., Heino, K. et al. Determination of Wear Metals in Lubrication Oils: A Comparison Study of ICP-OES and FAAS. ANAL. SCI. 21, 1365–1369 (2005).

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