The correct lubricant: a practical guide to choose lubricating oil

The correct lubricant

‘The correct lubricant’ covers basic practical information about lubricants in automotive and industrial areas. It is written for users of lubricants, giving only what is essential to know and useful for them. It could also be used by professionals in the field who must explain various aspects of lubrication to their customers. And it is also designed as a textbook. ‘The correct lubricant’ is a practical book with very little chemistry, theory and calculations. It is up to date including details of the new diesel engine oil specifications.

The book will benefit anyone involved with the operation and maintenance of fleets and industrial plant and machinery in mining, manufacturing, construction, road works, trucking, transport and all other industries. There should be a hard copy of this book in every plant and fleet.

Viscosity, the most important lubricant characteristic in both oils and greases, is covered first, together with viscosity index. Then some other important characteristics, followed by base oils including synthetics, and finally the critical performance requirements for various applications.

The second part of the book deals with applications, starting with engine oils, then automotive gear and transmission oils, greases, industrial gear oils, circulating oils, compressor oils, hydraulic fluids, fire-resistant fluids, machine tool oils, oil cleanliness, storage and storage stability, finally briefly rust preventives and cutting fluids. In addition to the essential requirements in each application, this part focuses on the difficult question: When is it advisable, or even necessary, to use synthetic lubricants?

The last part is included for people who use the book as a textbook. They will be challenged to find the correct lubricants to solve various practical problems. If the learners manage to complete this task, they will show that they have learned a great deal about lubricants. To help the learners remember important aspects of each chapter, there are many questions and also three revisions in the text. The answers are at the end of the book and on a web page.

Relevant links (more than 1500) to resources for further study are organized by subjects covered in the book.

The book can be freely downloaded from the following link.

Material was kindly provided by Petr Vavruch.

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