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Bailey M.,Summit Lubricants Inc. | Kusak B.,Summit Lubricants Inc. | Almeter M.,Summit Lubricants Inc. | Smahol J.,Summit Lubricants Inc.
ASTM Special Technical Publication | Year: 2014

Readily biodegradable greases made from synthetic base oils have superior qualities to many biodegradable base fluids originating from natural sources. However, the pricing and sustainability of lubricants made from bio-based fluids make them an attractive option for applications that will not experience temperature extremes where many bio-based fluids do not perform well. This paper will compare the properties of biodegradable multi-purpose lithium complex greases made from non-renewable-based synthetic fluids with two greases made from renewable-based oils. Copyright © 2014 by ASTM International, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, PO Box C700, West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959. Source

Kusak B.,Summit Lubricants Inc. | Wright G.,Summit Lubricants Inc. | Krol R.,Summit Lubricants Inc. | Bailey M.,Summit Lubricants Inc.
Journal of ASTM International | Year: 2012

The main component in environmentally acceptable lubricants and grease is the base fluid. Typically it comprises greater than 70% of grease and 90% of a lubricant. Many biodegradable fluids have specific characteristics, which make formulating finished products difficult. Through a stepwise approach these characteristics will be discussed. The fluids for testing will comprise natural and synthetic esters and some petroleum based synthetics. The testing will find the extremes of performance at high and low temperatures and the effects of common additives to improve performance. Testing will include pour point, elastomer compatibility, oxidation and thermal stability. Based on the testing a blended fluid will be made to offset the drawbacks of the individual fluids and the performance discussed. This blend will serve as the base fluid to formulate an environmentally acceptable lubricating grease. Copyright © 2012 by ASTM International. Source

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