The use of biodegradable lubricants in diverse applications continues to increase. Vegetable oils (e.g., soybean oil) are the main biodegradable lubricant base stocks used world-wide. However, there are concerns about their oxidative stability and low-temperature performance. Improvements in oxidative stability can be made through chemical or genetic modifications. This work compared the effects of oils with different chemical compositions. Soybean oil, high-oleic soybean oil, and epoxidized soybean oil were compared in laboratory bench tests. The tests conducted include the Penn State sequential four-ball wear test and the Penn State micro-oxidation test. Oxidation products from the micro-oxidation test were analyzed by FTIR and gel permeation chromatography. In this paper, all oils were evaluated neat, without additives.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||JAOCS, Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society|
|State||Published - Jan 2006|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Chemical Engineering(all)
- Organic Chemistry