The reduction of friction between the moving parts of machines is a high priority of industrial maintenance. In addition to reducing friction, proper lubrication can lengthen the useful life of equipment and increase its output, speed up production flow, and reduce the number of bearing failure incidents and, therefore, maintenance costs.
This course covers the theory of friction, different kinds of lubricants, their properties and applications, different methods of lubrication, and solutions to a number of lubrication problems.
Topics covered in this course include:
- lubrication principles,
- properties of lubricants,
- mineral and synthetic oils,
- dry (solid) lubricants,
- lubrication methods,
- sources of contamination or deterioration of lubricants, and
- suggestions for practical exercises.