Browse Publications Technical Papers 2009-01-2660
2009-11-02

Impact of Biodiesel on Lubricant Corrosion Performance 2009-01-2660

The global use of biodiesel fuel blends derived from fatty acid methyl esters (FAME) is increasing; driven by legislation derived from political, economic and environmental factors. The presence of FAME biodiesel changes the operating environment of the engine and after treatment devices, affecting the performance characteristics and requirements of the lubricant. As part of a wider research project into the impact of biologically-sourced fuels on crankcase lubricant performance, this paper documents the impact of biodiesel on corrosion-related performance. The effect of FAME biodiesel on lubricant corrosion control and the differences in performance due to FAME source are described. Mechanistic studies into the corrosive nature of FAME are reported. Novel lubricant technologies tailored to control the negative impact of FAME in the crankcase are demonstrated.

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