Title: The evaluation of lubricant properties and environmental effect of bio-lubricant developed from rice bran oil

Authors: S. Rani

Addresses: Advanced Tribology Research Centre, Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering Trivandrum, Trivandrum, Kerala, India

Abstract: This paper deals with the comparison of lubricant properties and environmental effect of newly developed bio-lubricant based on rice bran oil. The various lubricant properties like rheological, tribological, thermal properties, oxidative stability, corrosive stability, biodegradability and toxicity of the formulated oil have been evaluated and compared with a commercially available lubricant SAE 20W40. The formulated oil from rice bran oil is found to be highly biodegradable, less corrosive and non-toxic. Even though the coefficient of friction of the formulated oil is less compared to SAE 20W40, the wear scar diameter is slightly high compared to SAE 20W40.

Keywords: rice bran oil; bio-lubricants; non-toxic; biodegradability; zebra fish.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSURFSE.2017.088122

International Journal of Surface Science and Engineering, 2017 Vol.11 No.5, pp.403 - 417

Received: 04 Oct 2016
Accepted: 26 Mar 2017

Published online: 21 Nov 2017 *

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