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Chemical Product and Process Modeling

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Modelling Tribological Performance of Bodymaker Lubricants

Javier Lara-Romero
  • Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo
/ Rafael Maya-Yescas
  • Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo
/ Fernando Chiñas-Castillo
  • Departamento de Ingeniería Mecánica, Instituto Tecnológico de Oaxaca
Published Online: 2008-03-23 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1934-2659.1154

Bodymaker lubricants are oil-in-water emulsions used as coolants in the ironing process during production of aluminium cans. Lubricants are formulated to diminish friction during ironing and to cool down the mechanical contact interface. In the present work, a methodology based on algebraic modelling of the process is proposed to select among bodymaker lubricants, featuring their tribological performance. Experimental results are obtained by "pin-and-vee" test protocol, mathematical model exhibits good agreement with experimental observations. In general, tests carried out indicate that different bodymaker lubricants exhibit different wear rates, therefore evaluation of this rate can be used as tool to discriminate among lubricants performance. At present, this approach is being successfully used by a lubricant making company to evaluate and compare the performance of commercial bodymaker lubricants.

Keywords: algebraic modelling; aluminium ironing; bodymaking; lubrication; oil-in-water emulsions; tribology

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Published Online: 2008-03-23

Citation Information: Chemical Product and Process Modeling, ISSN (Online) 1934-2659, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1934-2659.1154. Export Citation

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