How to Perform a Cold Corrosion Test for Cylinder Oil

How to Perform a Cold Corrosion Test - assets needed - Parker KIttiwakeThe oil used to lubricate the cylinders of large 2-stroke marine diesel engines has to contend with high temperatures and acidic products formed during the combustion of sulphur-rich bunker oils.

Cylinder oil is used on a continuous loss basis. In recent times ship operators have taken to running engines at reduced speeds (so-called slow steaming) as a means of improving fuel consumption. Unfortunately, slow steaming is accompanied by a drop in engine temperature which allows acid to build upon the cylinder liners thereby promoting their “cold corrosion”.

The iron compounds formed by this process are then flushed from the engine by the cylinder oil. This leads to excessive liner wear, requiring expensive replacement. The iron found in used cylinder oil samples typically exists in various forms, each one having its own particular properties. For example, metallic iron particles worn off the cylinder liner by cat fines exhibit strong ferromagnetism and may be detected.  There are cold corrosion test kits to aid in this condition monitoring process.


Performing  a Parker cold corrosion test

How to Perform a Cold Corrosion Test - contents of kit - Parker Kittiwake

To perform a Parker cold corrosion test you will require the following: 

  • The sample of your cylinder scraped down oil. 
  • One millilitre syringe. 
  • Comparator and color wheel. 
  • Two cuvettes 
  • Reagents One, Two and Three 
  • Pouring lid for each reagent bottle



Step 1

HOw to perform cold corrosion testing Step 2 - Parker KittiwakeFirst, fill both sample vials to the five milliliter
graduation line with Reagent One.






Step 2

How to Perform a Cold Corrosion Test for Cylinder Oil - Step 2Prepare your cylinder scrape down oil sample with some gentle agitation for approximately 30 seconds. Using the syringe, add 0.2-milliliters of the sample to each of the
cuvettes.How to perform cold corrosion test for cylinder oil





Step 3

How to Perform a Cold Corrosion Test for Cylinder OilFill, one of your cuvettes to the 10-milliliter graduation line
with Reagent Two and the other with Reagent Three. Be sure both cuvettes are capped, secured and shake vigorously for approximately 30 seconds.





Step 4

Leave for four and a half minutes for the layers to settle out.


Step 5

How to Perform a Cold Corrosion Test for Cylinder Oil - Step 5 Parker HannifinInsert the color wheel into the comparator.
Place the cuvette containing Reagent Two into the
centermost slot and the cuvette with Reagent Three
into the anterior-most slot.





Step 6

How to Perform a Cold Corrosion Test for Cylinder Oil Rotate the color wheel
clockwise until the color of the anteriormost
window matches that of the inner.





Step 7

HOw to Perform a Cold Corrosion Test for Cylinder OilRead the concentration figure in PPM directly from the wheel






Watch the video to follow along with the steps:


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