Eco-based Lubricants and Greases: A Study that Looks at both Sides of the Coin
Room: South Lobby
Raj Shah - Koehler Instrument Company, Inc.
- Henry Takizawa - Koehler Instrument Company, Inc.
The importance of environmentally sustainable products has become paramount in recent years due to the adverse effects of climate change on our environment. As more and more countries push for legislation regulating the use of fossil fuels and their related byproducts, it has become a challenge for companies within these industries to find eco-friendly alternatives to fossil fuels that provide the same quality of product and are also economically viable. The research conducted for this paper will be used to discern the advantages and disadvantages of bio-lubricants and to ultimately determine if they can be used as a viable substitute to conventional mineral based lubricants. While this may seem like a subject that has been well studied, there are always pros and cons related to a sea change and moving to biolubricants and greases in lieu of conventional products is no exception. In this paper we will evaluate both sides of the coin, looking at the real versus perceived environmental benefits, potential applications, and means of production surrounding vegetable oil based lubricants ( and greases ) to see if they are really sustainable processes. We will also study the applicability of these biobased lubricants in the conditions and environments where conventional lubricants are commonly used and see how they perform.