Powertech operates a comprehensive fuels and lubricant testing (tribology) laboratory for routine analysis and special investigations. Most of the testing is carried out in accordance with ASTM procedures, as applicable to fuels, lubricants, hydraulic fluids, and coolants. Our comprehensive testing services include:

  • Engine oils
  • Hydraulic fluids
  • Refrigerant oils
  • Industrial oils
  • Diesel fuel
  • Marine fuel
  • Coolants


Investigative analysis is part of Powertech’s DNA. We identify deposits and contaminants, study problems with material compatibility and compare products. Our Fuels and Lubricants Laboratory is supported by metallurgy, materials, polymer and corrosion laboratories, which give synergy to the process of solving complex technical problems. Our comprehensive investigative services include:

  • Contaminants
  • Mixing problems
  • Deposits
  • Suspected arson accelerants
  • Wear characteristics of oil
  • Degree of oil degradation

Research Programs

Powertech carries out longer-term work in areas such as diesel fuel stability, coolant corrosivity, and environmentally friendly lubricants. These projects expand the experience and knowledge that enables Powertech to solve complex technical field problems. Recent research programs include:

  • Storage life and stability of middle distillate fuels
  • Coolant antifreeze testing to protect aluminum
  • Crankcase vapour composition and related explosions
  • Fleet emissions
  • The prospects for electric vehicles in Canada, and their impact on utilities


  • Lubricant and hydraulic fluid testing
  • Contaminant characterization
  • Fuel analysis
  • Coolant analysis
  • Evaluation of commercial products
  • Analysis of waste oils and solvents
  • Evaluation of environmentally friendly oils


  • Four-Ball wear test machine
  • Fourier transform infra-red (FT-IR) spectrometer
  • Inductively coupled plasma (ICP-OES) spectrometer
  • Scanning electron microscope (SEM) with energy dispersive x-ray analyzer
  • Gas chromatography with Mass spectrometer (GC-MSD)