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Aspects of Non-edible Vegetable Oil-Based Bio-lubricants in the Automotive Sector

Yashvir Singh, Rajnish Garg and Suresh Kumar
From the journal Green


Lubricants act as anti-friction media and facilitate smooth operations, maintain machine reliability and lead to reduction in the risk of frequent failures. Around the globe, petroleum-based reserves are depleting which results in price hike, creating concern about environmental pollution. The researchers are focusing on developing and using an eco-friendly lubricant derived from renewable resources. Non-edible vegetable oil-based bio-lubricants are eco-friendly due to their biodegradability, non-toxicity and net zero greenhouse gas emission. This study presents the potential of using non-edible vegetable-based bio-lubricants in the automotive sector. The first part of the study discusses about the resources, properties, as well as advantages and application of the bio-lubricants. In the second part of this paper, the potential of non-edible oil-based bio-lubricants as alternatives are discussed. The final part includes the description about the global lubricant market and prospects for the future. Non-edible vegetable oil-based bio-lubricants have enhanced lubricity, high viscosity, good anti-wear property, high viscosity index, increased equipment service life, high load carrying ability, low evaporation rates and low emission of metal traces into the atmosphere.


The author would like to acknowledge the Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering Studies, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun, which made this study possible.


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Received: 2015-2-17
Accepted: 2015-10-6
Published Online: 2015-11-25
Published in Print: 2015-12-1

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