Engine Lubricants Research
The Engine Lubricants Research Department offers complete services for research, development, and evaluation of engine oils used in diesel and gasoline engines for factory fill and service fill requirements. Facilities to evaluate lubricants against the American Petroleum Institute (API) "SL," "SM," "SN," "CH-4," GF-4, GF-5, and the Cummins, Mack and John Deere requirements, are available. For European ACEA lubricant specifications, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has installed dynamometer and bench test methods to evaluate service-fill lubricants for gasoline and diesel engines. SwRI's extensive facilities are available to evaluate gasoline and diesel engine lubricants with respect to engine sludge, oxidation, wear (camshaft lobes, camshaft followers, piston rings, piston liners, connecting rod bearings), oil consumption, piston deposits and fuel economy. New design engine components are also evaluated to determine acceptability with current day lubricants.
Ben Weber, Director
- Heavy-Duty Engine Oil Evaluations
- Passenger Car Engine Oil Evaluations
- International Lubricant Testing (JASO Laboratory Tests)
- Specialized Lubricant Evaluations
- Diesel Lubricant Evaluations