Lubricant properties of Moringa oil using thermal and tribological techniques

Brajendra K. Sharma, Umer Rashid, Farooq Anwar, Sevim Z. Erhan

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The increasing application of biobased lubricants could significantly reduce environmental pollution and contribute to the replacement of petroleum base oils. Vegetable oils are recognized as rapidly biodegradable and are thus promising candidates for use as base fluids in formulation of environment friendly lubricants. Although many vegetable oils have excellent lubricity, they often have poor oxidation and low temperature stability. Here in, we report the lubricant potential of Moringa oil, which has 74% oleic acid content and thus possess improved oxidation stability over many other natural oils. For comparison, Jatropha oil, cottonseed oil, canola oil and sunflower oil were also studied. Among these oils, Moringa oil exhibits the highest thermo-oxidative stability measured using PDSC and TG. Canola oil demonstrated superior low temperature stability as measured using cryogenic DSC, pour point and cloud point measurements. The friction and wear properties were measured using HFRR. Overall, it was concluded that Moringa oil has potential in formulation of industrial fluids for high temperature applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)999-1008
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Cloud point
  • DSC
  • HFRR
  • Oxidation stability
  • Pour point

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • General Dentistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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