Accession Number:

ADA046277

Title:

Evaluation of Environmental and Economic Benefits through Use of Synthetic Motor Oils

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INST SAN ANTONIO TXBELVOIR FUELS AND LUBRICANTS RESEARCHFACILITY

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1977-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

33.0

Abstract:

Cost and environmental benefits of extended-drain engine lubrication were evaluated by means of a two-year field program at Letterkenny Army Depot, Pennsylvania. Four MIL-L-46152 crankcase lubricants two mineral and two synthetic-base were utilized in routine post operation. Each lubricant was assigned to one of four 25-vehicle fleets, and each fleet then operated exclusively on that lubricant. During this time there were no engine failures that could be attributed to the extended-drain program. Therefore, it is concluded that a extended-drain engine operation has potential for both economic and ecological benefits to Army field operations, and b the synthetic lubricants employed showed no particular performance advantages over the mineral oils. Consequently, the higher cost of synthetic lubricants would make them less attractive for widespread Army utilization.

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Lubricants and Hydraulic Fluids
  • Civil Engineering
  • Surface Transportation and Equipment

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE