Who We Are

Ken is a P.Eng. with a BASc and MASc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He majored in materials and design, His Master’s thesis was on the wear of CANDU reactor tube materials.

In 1976 he joined Ontario Hydro as a Design Engineer in the Engineering Analysis Group of the Power Equipment Department, Design & Development. He worked on bearings, lubes, seals and EHC fluids for new and existing fossil and nuclear power stations on standards, design specifications, tender reviews and trouble shooting.

Ken left OH in 1993 and now provides support to Canoil and EPRI. He also developed and markets a ‘green’ grease called VSG for hydro electric stations and MOV Long Life grease for nuclear valve actuators.

For EPRI Ken has contributed to several Lube Notes and was the main contractor for their EHC fluid maintenance and EHC fluid compatibility guides.

Ken is a member of ASTM D2 on lubricants, has represented Canada on IEC and ISO work groups on EHC fluids and turbine oils. He has given many presentations and/or papers for STLE, EPRI, MOV Users Group, and Noria as well as at Universities and Colleges.

He is a Life Member and Fellow of the Chicago based Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) plus is a Certified Lubrication Specialist (CLS).

Main Products and Services

VSG canoil oil based grease for hydroelectric stations and other applications where a proven ‘green’ grease is advantageous.

MOV Long Life and Extra greases for nuclear and commercial motor operated valves.

EHC (electrohydraulic control) fluid technical support and troubleshooting for steam turbine control systems at electric power stations.

Accomplishments (Ontario Hydro)

With the existing bearing used an innovative pressure dam geometry that solved serious problems with failures. This was for the LP steam turbines on eight 500 MW units at a large coal fired station. The estimated savings were $4.4 million.

Prepared separate reports on the inservice requirements for steam turbine oils and phosphate ester control fluids. These were very extensive and required contact with suppliers, manufacturers, other utilities and the agreement of various stakeholders. These gave limits plus provided guidance on cause and actions.

Organized and provided technical support for the successful use of a non-neurotoxic fire resistant triaryl phosphate ester control fluid. This was the first time that this fluid had been used in North America and the first time in the world that it had been used in that manufacturer’s turbines.

Championed the successful use of synthesized lubricants in gas turbines for emergency and standby power. This eliminated winter start problems with the previous oils and has improved start reliability. This was the first such use in Canada for these lubes and also in the world for one of the power turbine suppliers.

Prepared for the Candu Owners Group a bulletin on the maintenance of grease lubricated motor bearings. This provided grease specifics, compatibility data, and calculations for quantities. It also provided information on different grease guns and actual deliveries.

Initiated the first specific use of an energy conserving gear oil. This was in coal pulverizer gearboxes and resulted in a proven savings of 8% in reduced electrical power. This was a synthesized hydrocarbon (SHC) fluid and the payback not including longer service lives was less than six months.

Recent Presentations

“EHC Workshop” re fluid purification, sampling, testing and trouble shooting, 90 minutes, EPRI Condition Based Maintenance Users Group, Lube Breakout. July 13-14, 2017, Louisville, KY

EHC Fluid Question and Answers, EPRI Turbine Generator Users Group, San Diego, August 2015

MOV (motor operated valve) Grease Evaluations With a Modified 4-Ball Wear Test’, K. Brown, Eco Fluid Center Ltd., Toronto, W. Mackwood and S. Wilson, Chemtura Co/Cie, West Hill, ON, E. Austin, Canoil Canada, Mississauga, ON, Power Generation, STLE Annual Meeting, May 2016, Vas Vegas, NV.

‘Lubrication and Wear (Why, what, when, where, who & The Need to do Better), March 2016, Toronto Section STLE, Ryerson University presentation to 4th year Engineering students.

‘Understanding Lower Temperature MOV Greases’, Jan 2015, Motor Operated Valve Users Group Meeting, Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel, Jacksonville, FL.

‘Condition Monitoring (Why, what, when, where, who & The Need to do Better)’, Nov 2014, Canadian Machinery Vibration Association – CMVA Ontario Chapter Meeting. Information Center – PNGS.

‘Conditioning Monitoring and Preventative Maintenance’, Oct 2014, Toronto Section Education Course on Understanding the Principles and Application of Lubrication Science, Old Mill, Toronto, ON.