Lubricating Oil – Types

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In Lubricating Oil – Types, Characteristics and Additives, you'll learn ...

  • The difference between paraffinic, naphthenic and synthetic lubricating oils
  • Types of synthetic oils and their properties
  • The various types of surface and performing-enhancing additives and what they are used for


Credit: 1 PDH

Length: 15 pages

Lubricating oils are used in machinery to reduce friction between two surfaces in contact. The improper selection of a lubricant can result in wasted energy due to heat loss and premature wear of parts. Lubricating oils are generally classified into two categories, refined and synthetic. Refined oils are produced from the refinement of existing petroleum or vegetable oils and synthetic oils are produced from chemical synthesis. Synthetic oils are much more expensive than refined oils, but provide lower pour points, lower coefficients of friction, better oxidation stability and a better viscosity index.

In this course, you’ll learn the relative merits of different types of lubricating oils. The course also provides information on the various types of additives that are used to enhance the performance of lubricating oils.

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You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 10 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

Training content

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • How refined lubricating oils are extracted from crude petroleum
  • Types of lubricating oils including paraffinic, naphthenic and synthetic
  • The advantages of synthetic oils over refined oils
  • Different types of synthetic oils and their properties
  • Characteristics of lubricating oils including viscosity, viscosity index, cloud point, flash point and acid number
  • Oil classifications and grading systems
  • Types of lubricating oil additives


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