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2013 AM Education Course Description: Advanced Lubrication 301

December 01, 2012

Annual Meeting
STLE University

Education Course Fact Sheet: Advanced Lubrication 301

Course content, instructors and details subject to change. This listing was last updated on March 15, 2013.

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 8, 2013, starting at 8:00 a.m. For details, see course agenda

Course Chair: Galen Greene, BASF Corporation

Biography: Galen Greene is a Technical Service Manager for BASF located in the New York City metro area. His current areas of focus are compounded transportation lubricants and lubricant additives. Galen has worked at The Lubrizol Corporation and has been involved in fuels, industrial and automotive lubricant sectors for over 5 years. His previous experience specialized in automotive testing. He obtained a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University. Galen is an active member of STLE, SAE, and ASTM.

Course Description: This is a higher-level course on tribology, lubricants and lubricant formulation. Experienced professionals, including those who have completed STLE’s Basic Lubrication course, will benefit from this more focused and advanced session on lubricant technology.  This course assumes fundamental knowledge of lubricants and lubrication principles or completion of Basic Lubrication 101-102. Advanced Lubrication 301 targets individuals employed by oil and additive companies, experienced lubricant end-users and other technical professionals interested in expanding their basic lubrication knowledge. 

Key concepts include wear, wear mechanisms, and how to diagnose wear problems from equipment failure.  There will be a detailed discussion on the types of additives used in lubricants, how they work, and how they are formulated into additive packages.  A major emphasis is placed in this course on the concepts of oil rheology with discussions on how VI Improvers function and the low and high temperature properties of lubricants.

You may also like: Basic Lubrication 101 and Basic Lubrication 102.


Lubricant Additives

Overview: Dr. Scanlon’s presentation includes a discussion on lubricant additives’ chemistry and mechanism action; these additives include antioxidants, antiwear and extreme pressure agents, friction modifiers, viscosity index improvers, corrosion inhibitors, and metal deactivators.

Instructor: Dr. Eugene (Gene) Scanlon, BASF

Biography: Eugene Scanlon is a Scientist at BASF in Tarrytown, NY.  He holds a PhD in Polymer Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a BS degree in Chemistry from the University of Rhode Island. His experience at BASF includes the development of new antioxidants, anti-wear hydraulic fluid packages, viscosity index improvers and pour point depressants.  He is a member of ACS, STLE, SAE, and ASTM.

Wear and Wear Mechanisms

Overview: The presentation will include discussions on the various kinds of wear, wear mechanisms, and equipment failure modes.  There will be discussions on how to diagnose wear problems.  The course will emphasize the use of visuals to help in the understanding of wear.

Instructor: Dr. Paul Sutor, Chevron Global Lubricants

Biography: Paul Sutor leads the Tribology and Fundamental Testing Team in Global Components at Chevron Oronite Company LLC. The Team is responsible for performance testing of lubricants and additives, innovations in test methods and equipment, and failure analyses of engine components. Dr. Sutor has been a tribologist and active STLE member for 30 years. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Southern California.

Oil Rheology, Low Temperature and Viscosity Modifiers

Overview: Dr. Covitch will provide an overview of the low temperature properties of lubricants, lubricant viscosity theory; Viscosity Index Improvers (VI); low and high shear rate properties of lubricants and how these properties are measured.

Instructor: Dr. Michael Covitch, The Lubrizol Corporation

Biography: Michael J. Covitch is a Senior Fellow at the Lubrizol Corporation in Wickliffe, Ohio. He holds a PhD in Macromolecular Science from Case Western Reserve University, a MS in Materials Science from the University of Rochester, and a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University. The current focus of his research is the development and technical support of viscosity modifiers and pour point depressants, although his experience at Lubrizol also includes studies of lubricant contamination and degradation during service, bench test development and rheological properties of complex fluids.  In addition to his technical expertise, Dr. Covitch spent two years on special assignment as a quality improvement specialist, helping to introduce quality management principles into the workplace. He is a member of SAE, and STLE and is Chairman of the SAE Engine Oil Viscosity Classification Task Force.

Course Agenda

8:00 AM    Course Begins/Course Introduction
8:05 AM    Lubricant Additives
9:30 AM    Break
9:45 AM    Wear and Wear Mechanisms
11:45 AM  Lunch
1:15 PM    Oil Rheology and Viscosity Modifiers, Part I
2:30 PM    Break
3:00 PM    Oil Rheology and Viscosity Modifiers, Part II
5:00 PM    Course Ends

Past Attendee Testimonials

"I would like to take a moment to thank you very much for the time and effort it must have taken to put this meeting together. You brought a great deal of very technical speakers here and they presented a great deal of very technical data." - Anonymous

"This course was very well done." - Anonymous

"The education class was excellent with very good instructors.The handout material was also very educational." - Anonymous

"This course was fascinating!" - Doug Rush, Otto Bock Health Care

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