Field Test Data Analysis Techniques
Accurate, timely field test results are necessary to develop and validate lubricants meeting frequently changing performance requirements. Field tests can also provide valuable information about performance deficiencies (e.g., soot related wear) which are not apparent in laboratory development tests. Since field tests are time intensive and increasingly expensive, it is imperative that the data generated provide meaningful results with reasonable expenditures. The data generation and analysis process are being constantly improved according to the principles of quality management. Part of the process improvement focuses on accurate, realistic treatment of the data since more variation is typically observed in field tests than in laboratory tests. One of the most difficult analytical processes occurs with oil consumption data.