In-line Testing of Fuel & Lube Oil
Navy SBIR FY2014.1

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2014.1
Topic No.: N141-044
Topic Title: In-line Testing of Fuel & Lube Oil
Proposal No.: N141-044-0396
Firm: FTL Labs Corporation
218 Strong Street
Amherst, Massachusetts 01002
Contact: Michael White
Phone: (303) 317-6566
Web Site:
Abstract: An on-board, integrated oil and fuel monitor is needed to provide accurate automation of shipboard ASTM fluid testing. To support the Navy's technological requirements, FTL Labs Corporation (FTL) proposes a powerful new enabling technology for fuel/oil monitoring using a miniaturized combination of sensing modes. FTL's "OilEye" design includes all fittings, sensors, electronics, and processing necessary to determine particle size distributions (free water and bottom sediment), chemical properties (dissolved water, viscosity, flash point), oil type (additive depletion, biofuel mix), and provide output in standard units that correlate with traditional ASTM tests.
Benefits: The proposed technology, when implemented, will allow a significant enhancement of flight-ready, in-line oil condition monitoring technology. In addition to this important application to the U.S. Department of Defense, civilian markets such as emerging industrial condition-based maintenance may develop as a significant market for the resultant technologies. In applications that require fast, comprehensive, and expandable oil monitoring, FTL Labs' OilEye on-board lubricant monitoring technology can find a significant market.