Formulation of emulsifiable cutting fluids and extreme pressure behaviour

Authors: Cambiella, A., Benito, J.M., Pazos, C., Coca, J., Hernández, A. and Fernández, J.E.

Journal: Journal of Materials Processing Technology

Volume: 184

Issue: 1-3

Pages: 139-145


Extreme pressure tests following the ASTM D 2783 standard were carried out to evaluate the performance of several oil-in-water (O/W) emulsions used as lubricating and cooling fluids in machining operations. The effect of concentration of three different emulsifiers (anionic, non-ionic, and cationic surfactants) on the extreme pressure properties of the O/W emulsions was studied in more detail. The base oil was a mixture of a synthetic poly-α-olefin and a trimethylol propane trioleate ester, to which emulsifiers were added at concentrations below, equal, and above their critical micelle concentrations (CMC). Contact angles were determined to obtain a relationship between wetting and lubricating properties. Results show that O/W emulsions have a lubricating performance similar to base oils under non-severe conditions. Furthermore, the ability of oil droplets to wet the metal surface plays a key role in their tribological behaviour and the lubricating performance depends to a great extent upon the type and concentration of emulsifier. © 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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