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2011 AM Education Course Description: Advanced Lubrication 301

March 09, 2011

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Advanced Lubrication 301

Course information and details subject to change. This listing was last updated March 28, 2011.

Scheduled for Wednesday, May 18, 2011, starting at 8:00 a.m.

This course is intended for people who have either previously taken the STLE’s Basic Lubrication course and want to move on to a more advanced level, or for individuals who are already knowledgeable about the lubricants business, and want a more in-depth course on lubricant technology.  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.  The course will discuss 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, the mechanism of how they work, and how they are formulated into additive packages. Annual Meeting Registration is required to take this course.

Course Modules

Wear and Wear Mechanisms

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.

Taught by Vivek Palekar, Chevron. Vivek Palekar is currently Manager of the Tribology Team for Chevron Global Lubricants. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Penn State University. He has 15 years of experience in the lubricants industry. He is the Consulting Tribologist for Chevron where he is responsible for coordinating wear/failure investigations for the Lubricants Technology Group as well as developing wear and rheological test methods for lubricants and greases.  Dr. Palekar is a member of STLE.

Lubricant Additives

The 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.

Taught by Michael Hoey, BASF. Dr. Mike Hoey is a Technical Project Manager responsible for Lubricant and Lubricant Additives for Ciba. Mike has a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Syracuse University and has 20 years experience in specialty chemical research and lubricant additives. Mike is responsible for supporting Ciba's Additives and Packages for Lubricants.

Oil Rheology, Low Temperature and Viscosity Modifiers

This presentation 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.

Taught by Michael Covitch, Lubrizol. 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 secretary of the SAE Engine Oil Viscosity Classification Task Force.

Novel Lubricants to Improve Fuel Consumption

This presentation will provide an overview of the fuel consumption regulations and global perspective of passenger car lubricants and diesel oil specifications in North America, Europe and Asia. She will also discuss the limitations and advantages of various methods to measure fuel consumption and the performance characteristics of crankcase lubricant components and their impact on overall vehicle efficiency.

Taught by Ewa Bardasz, Lubrizol. Dr. Bardasz received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Case Institute of Technology and is currently working as a Technical Fellow of The Lubrizol Corporation in Wickliffe, Ohio.  During her career she has worked for various  technical companies including Exxon Research & Engineering, Union Camp, and The Lubrizol Corporation. Dr. Bardasz’s technical expertise includes energy technology, environmental engineering, engine technologies, advanced lubricants and fuels, tribology, surface engineering, and advanced materials. Dr. Bardasz has published numerous technical peer reviewed papers, contributed chapters to  technical books, and holds over 25 US and international patents covering diverse subjects related to crankcase lubrication, corrosion protection, and advanced materials. She was an active member of the DOE sponsored DECSE (Diesel Emission Control – Sulfur Effects) program and the DOE sponsored APBF-DEC (Advanced Petroleum Based Fuels – Diesel Emission Control) Project. In addition, Dr Bardasz has also been teaching several professional seminars: Modern Fluids for Crankcase Engines, Improving Fuel Efficiency with Engine Oils, and Diesel Engine Technology Academy, sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Testimonials from the 2010 Annual Meeting

"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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