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2011 AM Education Course Description: Synthetics 204

March 09, 2011

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Synthetic Lubricants 204

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

For more information on the course, listen to the podcast interview we did with one of the course instructors, Gregory Bell.

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

The objective of the Synthetic Fluids course 204 is to give the participants a working knowledge of the various types of synthetic lubricants and their uses in a wide variety of applications. Annual Meeting Registration is required to take this course.

Course Modules

Military Applications

The various classes of synthetic lubricants used in military applications will be discussed.  Typical properties of each class will be presented as well as their advantages and disadvantages. Emphasis will be placed on military aerospace applications.

Taught by Carl E. Snyder, University of Dayton Research Institute. Ed Snyder has over 48 years experience in the research, development and transition of advanced fluids and lubricants.  He received his B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Dayton and his M. Sc. in Physical Chemistry from the Ohio State University.  He was employed as a civilian scientist and materials engineer for the Air Force Materials Laboratory for 47 years and has been at the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) for approximately 1 ½ years.  His activities while at the Air Force resulted in a significant number of new and improved fluids, lubricants and related materials being transitioned to the Air Force as well as to the Navy and Army Aviation systems.  He continues his work at UDRI in new materials development and transition and solving field problems associated with fluids and lubricants.  He has most recently been involved in transitioning hydraulic fluid purification into the Air Force savings millions of dollars annually.  He has published over 125 technical papers and reports, has made over 130 invited technical presentations and has 15 patents. 

Automotive Applications

This presentation will cover the use of synthetic lubricants in automotive applications.  Synthetic base-stocks, gasoline engine oils, diesel engine oils, gear and transmission lubricants and biodegradable transportation products will be discussed

Taught by Steven C. Lakes, Cognis Corporation. Mr. Lakes is a Senior Scientist in the Synlubes Technology Group at Cognis Corporation. He received his BS degree in Chemistry from Bowling Green State University and his MS in Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati. Mr. Lakes currently works in the Cognis Ivorydale Technical Center in Cincinnati. He has worked in Research & Development for the last 38 years, while the company has undergone various name changes; Emery, National Distillers, Quantum, Henkel and Cognis.  His current position involves formulating and testing of synthetic based automotive lubricants.

Industrial Applications - Compressors

The presentation will cover various types of synthetic air compressor oil technologies and compare their advantages and disadvantages in air compressor applications. Compatibility, formulation, food-grade, key features and benefits plus general suggestions for lubrication best practices are covered.

Taught by Gene Finner, Dow Corning Corp. Gene Finner has accumulated over 12 years of experience in the operation and lubrication of mechanical equipment in his role in Applied Engineering Technical Service for Dow Corning Corporation’s Molykote lubricants.  Gene’s job responsibilities include process & product optimization, troubleshooting and lubrication training along with North and South American lubricants product stewardship for Dow Corning.  Mr. Finner has made presentations on various lubrication topics at Noria’s Lubrication Excellence Conference, the annual conference meetings of STLE and NLGI among other organizations.  Specific to power generation & distribution he has given presentations and papers at IEEE, ASME, and FinePoint. He has been involved with Electric Power Research Institute since 2006 and contributes with regard to lubrication’s place in circuit breaker reliability.  Mr. Finner has given practical lubrication training to various public utility substation personnel at PG&E, Progress Energy, Duke Energy, National Grid, First Energy, Ameren and others. Gene earned a B.S. from the University of Michigan and is recognized by STLE as a Certified Lubrication Specialist.

Metalworking Lubricants and Hydraulic Fluids

The use of polyalkylene glycols in synthetic metalworking fluids will be discussed. These products will be compared to other types of straight oil, soluble oil and semi-synthetic metalworking fluids.  This talk will also cover water-glycol hydraulic fluids and compare them to other types of fire resistant hydraulic fluids.

Taught by Govind Khemchandani, Dow Chemical Corp. Dr. Govind Khemchandani has over 20 years of experience with industrial and automotive lubricants and greases and has a Ph.D. in Chemical engineering from I. I. T Mumbai, India. Previously he held the Manager, Applied Research position for metal working additives, construction additives & Industrial Formulators with Evonik Goldschmidt Chemical Corporation. He was “Product Manager” in Pennzoil Quaker State Company, Houston, USA. At Pennzoil he developed automatic transmission fluids, various motor oils, gear oils, hydraulic oils and greases. As “Technical Services Manager” for Castrol, India Dr. Khemchandani was in charge of the R&D division and was instrumental in the transfer of technical know how from Castrol UK to Castrol India. At Castrol he developed Syntilo, Honilo brand metal working fluids and optimized Castrol industrial and automotive formulations. Currently he is the Senior Technical specialist for UCON Lubricants and Fluids with The Dow Chemical Company, a leading global manufacturer of PAG and PAG based hydraulic fluids and industrial specialties, at Freeport, Texas. He is a member of SAE, STLE, AIST, and NLGI. He has presented and conducted courses on Industrial and Automotive Lubricants in various industry organizations. He has published research papers in STLE, AIST, Technische Akademie Esslingen (TAE) & Fuel, London.

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