Join Afton Chemical at the 2023 NLGI Annual Meeting
We are excited to announce that Afton Chemical will again be a Platinum Sponsor for the upcoming NLGI 2023 Annual Meeting at Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, CA, June 4th-7th. Visit us at Table #18!
We will also be presenting during the technical sessions; see details below.
The Matrix Revisited: Exploration of Additive Choice with Different Thickener Types
Presented by Joe Kaperick, Afton Chemical, Technical Advisor
Date: Monday, June 5th
Time: 10:15 – 10:55 am
Location: Crown Room in the Victorian Building
Lithium has been the predominant matrix of choice for grease manufacturers for several decades. However, its position as the default for cost-effective, multipurpose grease formulations is beginning to show signs of weakening. The increasing imbalance in the supply/demand position of LiOH has inspired many grease manufacturers to evaluate alternate thickener types as options for various applications.
Unlike most lubricating oil formulations, additive interaction with the grease thickener matrix is a critical element that needs to be carefully considered to create an optimized grease formulation in an efficient and cost-effective manner. This paper looks at the impact of grease thickener type on additive selection by presenting the results of several studies and discussing theoretical aspects of the interactions in question.