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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: DEVELOPMENT AND UTILIZATION OF NEW OILSEED CROPS AND PRODUCTS

Location: Bio-oils Research Unit

Title: The search for higher lubricant stability properties in modified vegetable oil derivatives

Authors
item Harry-O`kuru, Rogers
item Biresaw, Girma

Submitted to: Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: December 27, 2012
Publication Date: May 5, 2013
Citation: Harry O Kuru, R.E., Biresaw, G. 2013. The search for higher lubricant stability properties in modified vegetable oil derivatives [abstract]. Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers. p. 130.

Technical Abstract: In this decade, great interest has been stirred up toward the use of renewable resources as industrial fuels, such as bio-ethanol and bio-diesel. Bio-lubricants are also playing a more prominent role and becoming competitive with petroleum-based lubricants. The main draw here is that we can, from year to year, grow the crops from which the feedstock is generated for these materials in contrast to non-renewable mineral sources. Added to their renewability is biodegradability of the end-use products after their useful lifetime. In a recent study of the tribologic characteristics of modified Milkweed oil, the derivatives were found to exhibit good oxidative stability as well as excellent anti-wear properties. To further improve the oxidation stability of such materials in lubrication applications and in other uses, we have replaced the -C-O- bonds of the derivatives with -C-N- bonds which are expected to be more stable to oxidative stress. Data resulting from evaluation of these substances will be discussed.

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