Experimental Measurements of Journal Bearing Friction Using Mineral, Synthetic, and Bio-Based Lubricants
AbstractThe environmental impact of many industrial and naval applications is becoming increasingly important. Journal bearings are crucial components related with the reliable, safe and environmentally friendly operation of rotating machinery in many applications, e.g., in hydroplants, ships, power generation stations. The maintenance activities in certain cases also have considerable environmental impact. Fortunately, it is relatively easy to reduce the impact by changing the way lubricants are being used. Selecting the proper lubricant is important to sharply reduce long-term costs. The best-fit product selection can mean longer lubricant life, reduced machine wear, reduced incipient power losses and improved safety. Suitable basestocks and additives reduce environmental impact. In this paper, three types of lubricants are used in order to examine their effects on the tribological behavior of journal bearings. A mineral oil, a synthetic oil and a bio-based lubricant are experimentally and analytically examined for several configurations of load and journal rotational velocity. The friction forces and the hydrodynamic friction coefficients are calculated and compared. This investigation can assist the correct choice of lubricant in journal bearings with minimized environmental footprint. View Full-Text
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Nikolakopoulos, P.G.; Bompos, D.A. Experimental Measurements of Journal Bearing Friction Using Mineral, Synthetic, and Bio-Based Lubricants. Lubricants 2015, 3, 155-163.
Nikolakopoulos PG, Bompos DA. Experimental Measurements of Journal Bearing Friction Using Mineral, Synthetic, and Bio-Based Lubricants. Lubricants. 2015; 3(2):155-163.Chicago/Turabian Style
Nikolakopoulos, Pantelis G.; Bompos, Dimitrios A. 2015. "Experimental Measurements of Journal Bearing Friction Using Mineral, Synthetic, and Bio-Based Lubricants." Lubricants 3, no. 2: 155-163.