Lithium soap base lubricating greases are the most commonly used grease type, but they are not the only type. Greases are generally characterized and sold according to their thickener type and/or base fluid composition. While lithium complex thickened greases have historically been the choice for high performance applications, recent advances have been made allowing the use of various other thickener types as well. This paper provides a brief primer on grease thickener systems and base fluid types which are used to characterize greases. Several field applications are shown to demonstrate that greases other than lithium greases can be considered multi-purpose.
Author: Elena McDaniel, Lubrication Engineers
Source: Lubrication Excellence 2007 Conference Proceedings
Figures and Illustrations: 5
Format: PDF - Digital Download