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Webinar: Heavy Duty Engine Oils, Evolution & Status

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

Instructor Hind Abi-Akar from Caterpillar will present this webinar on heavy duty engine oils, including the API system and challenges for off-road engine oils, as well as alternative fuels and their impact on engine oils.

Heavy Duty Engine Oils, Evolution & Status

Instructor: Hind Abi-Akar, PhD, Technical Expert, Fluids Engineering Group, Caterpillar Inc.


Heavy duty engine oils change periodically and systematically to serve the evolving engine technologies.  Both oils and engine technologies are driven by changing emissions regulations. In order to allow engines to operate worldwide, consistent quality oils have to be available to allow engines to perform as designed under any circumstances and in any location worldwide.  The API Engine Oil Licensing and Certification System ensure that licensed oils are of consistent quality and performance WW.  Additionally, as more renewable and alternative fuels are introduced into the market, impact of these fuels on engine oils form of degradation and oil drain intervals need to remain on the radar of customers and engine manufacturers. 

This webinar will describe the main factors responsible for oil quality and performance, the evolution of the API oil program, the API licensing process, HD oil API category currently under development and challenges for off-road engine oils.  Additionally, brief introduction into the alternative fuels and impacts on engine oils will be presented.  


Dr. Hind Abi-Akar has a Ph.D. in Materials Science and a Masters in Organic Chemistry from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.  She joined Caterpillar’s Advanced Materials Division in 1995 to work on R&D of corrosion and coatings.  Hind currently is the Technical Expert at Caterpillar’s Fluids Engineering group focusing on technical development, specifications and publications of lubricants, fuels and alternative energy.  Dr. Abi-Akar represents Caterpillar in the EMA, ASTM, and multiple external organizations. Hind holds multiple patents in various technical fields.

Where: STLE University, live webinar event broadcast to your computer

When: Wednesday, March 27, 2013; 12-1 pm Central, with additional Q&A from 1-1:30pm

Cost: $39 for members, $59 for non-members

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Phone: (847) 825-5536

Email: Kara Sniegowski at ksniegowski@stle.org

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