Development of a New Bio-Kinetic Model for Assessing the Environmental Property of Military Hydraulic Fluids
TACOM RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING CENTER WARREN MI
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The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Research. Development and Engineering Center TARDEC is actively developing biodegradation technologies that can be used to minimize waste stream of Petroleum, Oils, and Lubricant POL products utilized in the current and future combat systems. As part of these efforts, a bio-kinetic model was developed to predict the biodegradability of lubricants including hydraulic fluids. This model can predict a biodegradability of lubricant based on a composition analysis within a short period. The advantages of this model are its predictable capability and excellent correlation with results obtained from the conventional biodegradation tests. This paper presents the results of development of a bio-kinetic model, its composition technique, and correlation study with the conventional biodegradation tests and the field demonstrations, and its applicability to the military hydraulic fluids.
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