Caring for your Engine through Biodiesel Lubricity

Biodiesel lubricity is one of the promising benefits of the biodiesel. This means your engine averts the wear and tear between the moving parts. Lubricity is the fuels’ ability to lessen the friction between two moving metal parts.

To achieve the right procedure of fuel pumps and fuel injectors, high lubricity provided by the biodiesel is necessary. This adds to the prevention of engine part’s wear and tear.

Equipments which rely on diesel fuels are somehow dependent on the fuel as a lubricant. Diesel fuels have properties for lubrication which are necessary for distributor and rotary types of fuel injection propels. Diesel powered systems which have unit pumps, injectors, in-line pumps and unit injectors are partly lubricated by fuels.

As to biodiesel fuels, lubricity is very diverse as compared to fossil fuels. "The lubricity of biodiesel depends on a number of factors". Some of the factors related to these are the source of the oil, the handling process through distribution chains, incorporation of additives which increase the degree of lubricity and the decontamination process made to produce the biodiesel fuel.

Producers of biodiesel aim to produce fuels with a high magnitude of biodiesel lubricity properties. This is not only good for the business but it is also good for the engine parts.

"Mixing biofuels with any conventional diesel fuel has two benefits". For starters, including biodiesel lubricating oil in the fuel will definitely increase its lubricity, thus eliminating the need for more additives related to the fuels’ lubricity. Second, biodiesel is also deemed as a fuel component and not an additive. Therefore, unexpected consequences are avoided even if a huge amount was added.

Studies pertaining to biodiesel fuel lubricity were made by major fuel manufacturers, Stanadyne and Lucas. They found out that with just 1% of biodiesel I the fuel blend can appreciably increase the lubricity of the fuel, thus diminishing the wear. It was then, suggested by Stanadyne to add 2% biodiesel to their equipments particularly when eltra low sulphulr fuels were launched. This was considered as an ideal mixture because it provides the solution to the dilemma regarding lubricity as well as promoting environmental awareness, economic development and energy security.

In June 1, 2006, the forces of EPA elected to remove sulfur from the diesel. This has lessened the fuel lubricity, thus harming the engine parts. Increased awareness about biodiesel and its capability can protect the engines as well as its future consumers.

In today’s modern engines, the fuel injection systems require a better lubrication caused by higher operating stress as utilized by earlier technologies.

Petroleum industries and engine manufacturers work together to conduct a lubricity test. Two tests can reliably measure the conventional fuel and biofuel lubricity. These are High Frequency Reciprocating Rig (HFRR) and the Scuffing Load Ball on Cylinder Lubricity Evaluator (SL-BOCLE). This is done to guarantee that the diesel injection fuels will not prematurely fail. Just a small about of biodiesel can greatly help in the fuel lubricity and help everyone along the way.