Gear Up for Performance: An Introduction to Synthetic Lubricants for Fractional Horespower Applications - September/October 2000
The article "Gear Up for Performance: An Introduction to Synthetic Lubricants for Fractional Horespower Applications" appeared in the September/October 2000 issue of Gear Technology.
Editor's Note: The following article details the advantages of synthetic lubricants in certain applications. However, the user should be aware of certain design issues arising from the extract chemistry of the synthetic. For example, some synthetics may have low solvency for additives. Others may not be compatible with mineral oils or nonmetallic components such as seals and paints. Some synthetics may absorb water and may not have the same corrosion resistance as mineral oils. Finally, the user should consider biodegradability or toxicity before switching to any new lubricant. Many of these concerns are present in petroleum-based lubricants as well, so consult a lubrication specialist before specifying a lubricant.
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