A vegetable lubricant developed for two stroke engines: compressibility and CO2 solubilities

T. Regueira1, L. Lugo2, E. Lopez1 and J. Fernandez1

1University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
2University of Vigo, Spain

Keywords: pressure
property: solubility, density
material: vegetable oils, carbon dioxide

Nowadays, due to increasing concerns over the use of petroleum-based products, new technologies aim at the development of products from renewable sources. In this regard, vegetable oils constitute a suitable alternative for replacing mineral oils [1]. Two-stroke engine oils are one of the areas where most of the lubricants and their degradation products are released directly into the environment, polluting the soil, water and atmosphere [2].

The solubility of different gases, such us carbon dioxide, in lubricants used for two stroke engines is an important parameter. Likewise, the knowledge of the density as a function of temperature and pressure is important because it is an appropriate procedure to determine the isothermal compressibility, a key property for other applications as hydraulic fluids. Moreover, the density is a parameter necessary for the experimental solubility determination. In this work we have performed density measurements of a biodegradable lubricant based in high oleic sunflower oil, developed for two stroke engines, in broad temperature and pressure ranges, i.e. from 278.15 to 298.15 K and up to 120 MPa. Measurements were carried out in a fully automated densimeter Anton Paar HPM [3]. We have correlated density values by means of the modified Tammann-Tait equation obtaining an absolute average deviation of 0.02%. Furthermore we have measured CO2 solubility in this biodegradable lubricant by means of an isochoric technique [4]. These measurements were performed from 283.15 to 348.15 K and up to 8 MPa. Compressibilities and CO2 solubilities are compared with those of the reference oil and other vegetable oils.

This work is supported by Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation under PSE-420000-2008-4 project and EU FEDER program. We are grateful to the project partners for providing the oil sample. L. L. acknowledges the financial support from the Ramon y Cajal Program. T.R. acknowledges financial support provided by the FPU program.

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