Gastops: Oil condition monitoring for mission critical equipment

Gastops Ltd. is a Canadian company leading in the creation and digitization of critical component condition intelligence and providing data-based diagnostic and prognostic technologies and services. Read how Gastops partnered with CCC to secure contracts with the U.S. DoD and the U.S. Coast Guard. 


About Gastops

Canadian Gastops was founded in 1979 and started by providing ship simulation services for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). One of its earliest accomplishments was the development of the first gas turbine trending system for the RCN.

In the 1990s, Gastops’ started delivering oil debris monitor for the F119 engine for use on Lockheed Martin’s F-22 Raptor. Their MetalSCAN technology became the first online, full-flow oil debris sensor system to be successfully deployed on airborne engines.

Today, Gastops manufactures over 20 different product versions based on the MetalSCAN technology, including commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) items for industrial, energy and marine markets and application-specific products for aerospace and defence. FilterCHECK was later introduced, adding filter debris analysis capability to Gastops’ offline technology.

Gastops has three Canadian offices and an office in the United States. It also maintains global partners in Brazil, Chile, China, Germany, and Netherlands.

Contract with U.S. Navy

Propulsion system analysis for POLAR STAR

In 2021, Gastops was selected by the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) to provide a Propulsion System Dynamic Response Analysis (PSDRA) for the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Cutter POLAR STAR. The contract was signed in partnership with CCC through the U.S. DoD Prime Contractor service.

The Polar Star is the Coast Guard’s only heavy icebreaker. The ship travels to Antarctica to lead Operation Deep Freeze every year, routinely breaking miles of ice more than 20 feet thick. It is powered by diesel electric and three aviation-grade gas turbines which provide up to 75,000 horsepower.

The Gastops PSDRA generates a complete understanding of the performance and stability of the as-proposed propulsion plant in steady state and transient state, during open water and icebreaking operations, to validate the performance of new equipment, its integration into the existing propulsion systems, and its control algorithms.



Propulsion system analysis for Offshore Patrol Cutter

The contract with the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command was not its first contract with the U.S. Coast Guard. In 2017, the company was selected by Eastern Shipbuilding Group to provide the Dynamic Response Analysis (DRA) for the U.S. Coast Guard’s new Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC).

As part of Eastern Shipbuilding Group’s team, Gastops provides computer modelling to simulate the ship’s propulsion system integration to predict and analyze ship performance and optimize control strategies during the program’s detailed design phase. The DRA is used to conduct comprehensive tests that exercise system performance in real world scenarios, thereby identifying issues early in the design cycle.

The ship model was developed by Gastops during the detailed design phase, validated after the ship’s sea trials, and is a risk mitigation tool throughout the ship’s lifecycle.

Other Gastops Successes

In addition to selling to the U.S. DoD, Gastops has had many successes selling its condition monitoring products and services to other organizations.


Wind turbines

Condition monitoring systems for all Boralex wind turbines equipped with gearboxes installed in France.

Source: Gastops

Helicopter maintenance

Propulsion system health checks and real-time maintenance decisions for Australian Defence Forces helicopters.

Source: CNW Group/PSPC

Engine debris analysis

Analyze and evaluate source of gearbox and engine wear debris for Royal Canadian Air Force’s CH146 Griffon helicopters

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About CCC

The Canadian Commercial Corporation is a federal crown corporation and is only the Canadian agency that offers commercial advocacy, collaborative project development, and international contracting expertise to help Canadian businesses secure contracts with foreign governments at the national, state, and municipal level.


Our International Prime Contractor is a fee-based program where we sign government to government (G2G) contracts with foreign government buyers for the sale of Canadian solutions. Our U.S. DoD Prime Contractor program is a free program funded by the Government of Canada and supported by the U.S. Government, to help Canadians sell their products, services and solutions to the U.S. military. To learn more about CCC and how we can help you, contact us.

Last updated: July 2023

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