MANUAL Published: 01 November 2012

Lubricant Properties and Characterization


Lubricant physical properties are important in determining their suitability for the intended application and for comparing fluids. Some properties also provide insight into the remaining useful life of a fluid in service. In this chapter, we first review the components that go into making a lubricant. This is followed by a review of the most common ASTM International standard test methods used to measure a lubricant's physical properties. More information on the significance of tests for petroleum can be found in ASTM Manual 1, Significance of Tests for Petroleum Products, edited by Sal Rand [1].

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Henderson, Kenneth, O.
McEinri Associates, Port Matilda, PA, US
May, Chris, J.
, Ontario, CA
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Developed by Committee: D02
Pages: 47–59
DOI: 10.1520/MNL6220121208203
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-7038-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-7036-0