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Abstract Title: Development of a Standard to Determine Tackiness of Greases
Abstract Type: Poster
Session Choice: Other
Presenter Name: Dr Raj Shah
Co-authors:Ms Eeman Jawad
Mr Stanley Zhang
Company/Organisation: Koehler Instrument Company, Inc.
Country: United States

Abstract Information :

Greases are lubricating agents generally used to reduce friction within machinery to prevent corrosion and damage. Greases are typically formulated from a base oil, thickener, and other additives, all of which may influence their physical properties and applications. Tackiness may be defined as the measurement of a materials adhesive and cohesive properties, and its ability to form threads when pulled apart. Techniques, such as the finger test, produce a qualitative measurement of the tackiness of a grease, but create issues in standardization due to imprecise and non-quantifiable conditions. To standardize the measurement of a greases tackiness, instruments, such as the K95200 Tackiness Tester, can quantify the tackiness of a grease sample. This instrument standardizes the measurement of tackiness by measuring the exact force exerted on the grease sample when being stretched in a method that is reproducible. The data is collected and displayed in a quantified standard measurement that can be used to compare various greases. Being able to accurately compare greases in this manner is important to choosing the best-suited grease for the desired application. This poster will explore the Kesternich method of gathering standardized measurements of grease tackiness.