Improving vehicular fuel efficiency is of paramount importance to the global economy. Governmental regulations, climate change and associated health concerns, as well as the drive towards energy independence, have created a technical need to achieve greater fuel efficiency. While vehicle manufacturers are focusing efforts on improved combustion strategies, smaller displacement engines, weight reduction, low friction surfaces, etc., the research involved in developing fuel efficient engine oils has been less publicized. This seminar will highlight the role of lubricants in improving fuel efficiency and provide strategies for selecting the best oil for a given application.
The course begins with a brief overview of the fuel consumption regulations and global perspective of passenger car lubricants and diesel oil specifications in North America, Europe and Asia. Limitations and advantages of various methods to measure fuel consumption in a variety of bench tests, dyno tests and actual vehicles will be presented. Fundamentals of fluid lubrication regimes, as well as detailed aspects of oil formulations which have significant effects on reduction in mechanical friction, such as base oil selection, viscosity grade choice and impact of friction modifiers, will be covered. The performance characteristics of fresh oil versus used oil and lubrication of coated surfaces will also be discussed. Finally, the impact of various emission control devices on overall diesel fuel consumption will be described.
Participants will receive a copy of the SAE Standard J300 - Engine Oil Viscosity Classification.
SAE Members: $1156.00 - $1301.00
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.
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