Researchers have developed an oil quality monitoring sensor.
Monitoring in realtime (while the engine is running the sensor can provide an early indication of the quality of engine oil, providing crucial data for maintaining optimum engine performance, high reliability, low maintenance costs and a better environment.
Director Kamal Alameh of The Electron Science Research Institute at the Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Australia said, “The sensors developed by ECU are only about two to three millimetres in diameter and are very rugged so they could survive inside an engine."
"The deployment of this sensor will save millions of litres of oil per year, in addition to protecting the environment through the reduction of waste oil generation.”
The sensors could also be used in any process where oil lubrication is used including oil pipelines and aircraft.