What Impacts The Viscosity Of My Industrial Lubricants?
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What Impacts The Viscosity Of My Industrial Lubricants?

01/21/2019

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The viscosity of your metalworking fluids refers to how easily the fluids move when under stress. A fluid with a high viscosity will move very slowly compared to a fluid with a low viscosity.


It's crucial to determine the viscosity of your oil before you use it. It's the viscosity that will determine the behavior of the lubricant when it's in motion and put to work inside your machines.


What factors affect your oil's viscosity?


The viscosity of a fluid is caused by the friction between the particles in the fluid. In some fluids, the particles may not be as resistant to the force of motion whereas others may be very resistant.


But the viscosity of your metalworking fluids can also be impacted by other factors. The viscosity of the lubricant in the bottle can change depending on the circumstances such as the following:



  1. Temperature. There's a difference between the way temperature affects the viscosity of a fluid and a gas. In fluids, higher temperatures can increase the viscosity because the heat causes greater separation between the molecules. In gas, higher temperatures decrease the viscosity because the heat causes the molecules to collide with one another more frequently.

  2. Pressure. Pressure doesn't have a significant impact on the viscosity of an industrial fluid. This is because liquids are nearly non-compressible at low or medium pressures. But under high pressure, the viscosity of a fluid can increase.

  3. Coefficient. The coefficient of viscosity is the amount of stress that's required for a fluid to become "sheared" (when it moves through a vessel in layers and becomes deformed). A fluid with a high viscosity requires a lot of pressure and stress to move and therefore shears less quickly than a fluid with a low viscosity.


Where can I buy industrial lubricants wholesale?


According to a recent study, manufacturing companies have reported that 70% of their unplanned equipment shutdowns over the course of the last three years have been because of incorrect lubricant selection or management. When you buy industrial lubricants wholesale, you don't need to worry about running out of your oil solutions too soon.


Whether you're looking for Castrol oil products, cutting tool wax, or corrosion preventatives, Santie Wholesale Oil Company has what you need to keep your machines running smoothly. To learn more about our industrial lubricants and industrial supplies, contact Santie Wholesale Oil Company today.

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