Viscosity in Exploitation Time Analysis of the Lubricating Oil Used in the Combustion Engine of the Personal Car


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The aim of this study is to develop a mathematical model of the lubricating oil viscosity changes during the exploitation time of the engine.The aim was achieved by measurements of dynamic viscosity of engine oil used in a passenger car Volkswagen Touran equipped with a turbocharged diesel engine with a capacity of 2.0 liters. The recommended interval for oil change in this engine model is 30000 km. Oil used in this study was Shell Helix AV-L (viscosity grade SAE 5W30, designation VW: 50700).Viscosity tests were made on a Haake MARS III using two measuring systems. The first consisted of a plate-cone system with Peltier element for temperature stabilization. The second one is the high shear rate chamber with temperature control thermostat co-operating with ultra-A40 AC200 which can operate at temperatures ranging from-40 °C to +200 °C. The high shear rate chamber, consisting of a measuring cylinder and the rotor, the shear rate can achieve up to 200000 s1.Dynamic viscosity measurements were performed at temperatures ranging from 20 °C to 90 °C.The results of the research are shown in the graphs and in tabular form. Obtained graphs made it possible to determine characteristics of the oil ageing for each mileages, temperatures and shear rates.



Solid State Phenomena (Volumes 220-221)

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Algirdas V. Valiulis, Olegas Černašėjus and Vadim Mokšin




G. Sikora and A. Miszczak, "Viscosity in Exploitation Time Analysis of the Lubricating Oil Used in the Combustion Engine of the Personal Car", Solid State Phenomena, Vols. 220-221, pp. 271-276, 2015

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January 2015




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