About this Research Topic
As a known fact, a large volume of lubricating oils end-up in the surroundings because of emissions, spills, or accidents, thus pose environmental problems owing to their toxicity. At the end of their service life, wastes from conventional lubricating oils slowly degrade and are toxic to human health, fauna, and flora.
Because the hazardous effects associated with commercially used lubricants have become a global concern, increasing interest has been directed toward bio-based base stocks for their suitability in various applications. With a view of maintaining domestic energy security and addressing environmental concerns, a suitable option is the bio-based lubricants due to their unique characteristics, including bio-degradability, renewability, and low toxicity. Though various properties may qualify the bio-based lubricants for certain applications, technical suitability for severe lubrication conditions would remain a great challenge. Therefore, improvement in the technical and functional characteristics of such lubricants is the way towards environmentally conformable lubrication solution. Thus, the role of lubrication researchers and tribologists is significant to improve the bio-based lubrication technology as it would help in meeting the environmental challenges and some additional advantages, such as reducing waste and conservation of energy resources.
The scope of this Research Topic will include but not limited to the following research areas:
· Current advances in the field of bio-based lubrication including new formulation of bio-based lubricants
· Rheology and tribology of bio-based lubricants
· Role of additives and additives-oils synergy
· Tribological potential of solid additives such as nanoparticles in bio-based oils
· Understanding of bio-based lubrications mechanisms
· Role of minor additives like surfactants, detergents, and viscosity modifiers
· Bio-based lubrication modeling, simulation, and optimization analysis.
Contributions from both academic and industrial research are welcome.
Keywords: Biolubricants, green lubricants, Tribology, environmental friendly lubrication
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