Yield Stress and Low-Temperature Start-Up Torque of Lubricating Greases

F. Cyriac, P.M. Lugt, R. Bosman

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A comprehensive study of the yield stress and start-up torque for six commonly used rolling bearing greases is presented. Both parameters were found to depend exponentially on temperature where the exponent changes below a low-temperature “break point.” This break point was found to be related to the pourpoint of the base oil, although the start-up torques of the greases were an order higher in magnitude than that of their corresponding bled oils. The start-up torque is mostly used to measure the low-temperature limit of a grease. It was found here that this temperature is much lower than the break point. The start-up torque criterion is measured using a particular bearing type and conditions. The low-temperature break point for the yield stress is a more universal grease parameter that gives useful information about the behavior of a grease at low temperatures and can be used as one of the guidelines for grease selection for low-temperature applications
Original languageEnglish
Article number6
Number of pages10
JournalTribology letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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