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ASM Handbook

Friction, Lubrication, and Wear Technology

Edited by
George E. Totten
George E. Totten
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ASM International
Volume
18
ISBN electronic:
978-1-62708-192-4
Publication date:
2017
Book Chapter

Properties of Liquid Lubricants[1]

By
Wei Dai
Wei Dai
Texas A&M University
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Hong Liang
Hong Liang
Texas A&M University
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Published:
2017
Page range:
118 - 134
Publication history
November 21, 2017

Abstract

The function of lubricants is to control friction and wear in a lubricating system containing machine elements such as gears and bearings. This article discusses the basic properties of lubricants to help scientists and engineers understand the principles behind lubricant selection. It reviews the functions of additives, such as friction modifiers, antiwear additives, viscosity modifiers, corrosion inhibitors, oxidation inhibitors, dispersants, and detergents. The article discusses the physical properties of liquid lubricants and the performance characteristics of lubricants. It describes the most common lubricant categories and provides information on health and safety aspects of using the liquid lubricants. The article concludes with a discussion on lubricant-application method that plays a vital role in how the lubricant functions.

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Wei Dai, Hong Liang, 2017. "Properties of Liquid Lubricants", Friction, Lubrication, and Wear Technology, George E. Totten

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