Palm Oil Developments No.66 (June 2017) p5-13

Recent Developments in Palm-based Lubricants

Tang Sook Wah*, Lim Wen Huei*, Yeong Shoot Kian* and Zainab Idris*

Lubricants are used to reduce friction, wear and heat between contacting surfaces in relative motion (Bart et al., 2013a). They can be classified based on physical appearance, i.e. solid, liquid or semi-solid. Liquid lubricants can be derived from petroleum, vegetable, animal or synthetic oils. Grease is a semi-solid material in which the liquid fraction is suspended in a solid matrix of thickener and additives. A solid lubricant is a solid material with a film comprising inorganic or organic compounds such as graphite, molybdenum disulphide and cadmium disulphide (Mobarak et al., 2014).

Author information:
* Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB),
6 Persiaran Institusi, Bandar Baru Bangi,
43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia.