Lubricity & Fuel Screener Laboratories
Office of Automotive Engineering

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A high-pressure high-frequency reciprocating rig (HPHFRR) apparatus is one of many tools used for lubricity screening at SwRI.

The Lubricity and Fuel Screener Laboratories are actively involved in the development of laboratory-scale procedures that predict more complex tests and equipment. In many instances, these procedures are proprietary and predict conditions that are unique to a specific client. However, where appropriate, SwRI assists in the standardization of these methods for use by industry in general. Examples of commercial procedures developed at SwRI include:

  • Ball-on-cylinder lubricity test (ASTM D-5001)
  • The scuffing load ball-on cylinder lubricity evaluator (ASTMD-6078)
  • Laboratory method to predict the Ryder gear test (SAE AIR 4978)
  • Laboratory method to predict the FZG gear test (with ASTM L.11.5 Committee)  (SAE AIR 4978)
  • Port fuel injector (PFI) test for gasoline injector fouling (with CRC Performance Committee)--ASTM D6421
  • Intake valve deposit apparatus (IVDA) to predict the intake valve deposit tendency
  • HTRR boundary film--Mack trucks for premium oil specification
  • 6792TA engine screening test
  • Ball-on-three-discs (BOTD) test
  • Laboratory scale wear test for gasolines
  • Wire-on-capstan oil lubricity method

Related Terminology

fuel testing  •  ball-on-cylinder lubricity  •  ryder gear test  •  FZG gear test  •  port fuel injector test  •  intake valve deposits HTRR Boundary Film  •  ball-on-three-discs (BOTD) test  •  wire-on-capstan lubricity  •  ASTM D6421  •  ASTM D5001  •  SAE AIR 4978

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