Webinar: Synthetic Metal Removal Fluids

  • Posted on: 28 July 2014
  • By: Editor

Instructor Dr. Alan Eckard’s presentation will explore the definitions of synthetic metal removal fluids (MRFs), with discussion of typical compositions, applications, attributes, trends in usage and new technology that is emerging. It is generally accepted that “synthetic” as applied to lubricants of all types means petroleum oil free. In some cases it may be further defined in metalworking situations as compositions which are chemical solutions of components in water. We will consider all types of petroleum free water dilutable MRFs for this discussion. Synthetic MRFs have been in use for many decades and offer certain advantages that justify their use which include excellent visibility during metalworking operations and typically low foaming tendency. There are also inherent disadvantages such as limited corrosion protection and incompatibility with most EP additives which may limit lubricity. These issues and methods of dealing with them will be considered. MRF technology is continuing to evolve and there are some interesting developments that will be presented that have potential to improve the functionality of synthetic fluids.  Dr. Eckard received a BSc. in chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Liverpool, England.  Click the pic to get to the STLE Webinar page.