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Introduction to Lubrication Fundamentals

Having a solid grasp of the fundamentals of lubricants and lubrication is at the core of any world-class lubrication program.

Understanding lubricant functions, the differences between common lubricant types, their advantages and disadvantages, and what makes them perform or fail is crucial for all lubrication professionals.


  • The Importance of Lubrication for Reliable Machinery
  • Explanation of a Lubricants Functions Including:
    • Friction Control
    • Wear Control
    • Corrosion Control
    • Temperature Control
    • Contamination Control
  • Power Transmission
  • Descriptions of Friction and Wear
  • Demonstration of the Three Lubrication Regimes
  • How Lubricants are Formulated
  • Important Properties of Base Oils
  • The Differences Between Mineral and Synthetic Lubricants
  • Semi-Synthetic Lubricants
  • Non-toxic and Biodegradable Lubricants
  • Common Lubricant Additives and Their Functions
  • Viscosity Defined
  • Consequences of Lubricant Viscosity that Is Too High or Low
  • Lubricant Oxidation: Causes and Effects
  • Anatomy of Grease
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Grease Lubrication
  • Grease Properties