An investigation of the use of microwave energy for processing grease with conventional base oils
Greases made with petroleum derived base oils were compared with those made with biobased base oils when processed using microwaves for the reaction process. Base oils, e.g., soybean oil, canola, and rapeseed oil, as well as free fatty acids like oleic acids were studied. Petroleum oils with a different polarity compared with biobased oils responded differently to microwaves and generally required a longer process time. Greases were prepared using a 75 kw microwave transmitter and naphthenic, paraffinic, and their mixtures for processing lithium greases. Time-temperature data and other performance parameter were prepared for analytical and comparative evaluation with biobased greases of same soap structure.
Original Publication Date
Fathi-Najafi, Mehdi and Honary, Lou A.T., "An investigation of the use of microwave energy for processing grease with conventional base oils" (2011). Faculty Publications. 1937.