Expeditionary Fluid Analysis Capability Joint Specification Development and Benefits Analysis

NCMS Project #: 140722

Problem: In the military vehicle fluids are changed on tight schedules and as part of preparation for operations. The Joint Oil Analysis Program (JOAP) has determined that in excess of 80% of all oil changed in military vehicles meets manufacturer specifications. However, most wheeled vehicles in DoD are not participating in oil analysis programs and oil changes are routinely performed based on elapsed calendar days versus oil conditions. Ultimately, it would be advantageous to both the public and the military to move toward condition-based maintenance (CBM) for vehicle fluids. As part of a CBM program, performing oil changes based on oil quality would keep equipment in optimal condition and eliminate wastes.

Benefit: The ability to have a device that provides units in the field a rapid means to screen and assess lubricants and hydraulic fluids across all weapon systems including ground systems and eventually for sea and air systems.

Solution/Approach: The purpose of this collaborative initiative is to advance the state of acceptance of Expeditionary Fluid Analysis Devices that can accurately determine the condition of a vehicle’s oil so that the most cost effective and environmentally conscious maintenance decision can be made. This CTMA initiative complements and leverages the efforts of the Expeditionary Fluid Assessment Support Team to develop and identify the specifications and requirements for expeditionary fluid analysis. Capabilities can then be acquired and validated for use in the DoD maintenance and repair operations.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Reduces maintenance down time
  • Increases operational availability
  • Reduces the logistics footprint (materiel, waste, disposal)
  • Reduces overall sustainment costs

DOD Participation:

  • Expeditionary Fluid Assessment Support Team – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard

Industry Participation:

  • Portable Fluid Analysis technology providers
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Repair turn-around time
  • Maintenance avoidance and reliability
  • Improved readiness

Focus Area:

  • CBM+