Quality Specification for Lube Oil Used in Four Stroke Diesel Engine

The specific power output offered by today’s diesel engines and the use of fuels which more and more often approach the limit in quality increase the requirements placed on the lube oil and make it imperative  that the lube oil is chosen carefully. Blended lube oils (HD oil) have proven to be suitable for lubricating the power train, the cylinder, the turbocharger and if the facility is proven, for the cooling of the pistons. Blended lube oils contain additives which, amongst other things, proven them with sludge carrying, cleaning and neutralization capabilities.
Blended lube oil (HD oils) corresponding to international specification MIL-L2104 and having a total base number (TBN) of 12-15 mgKOH/g are recommended.

The lube oil characteristics as specified below must be met:
Basic Oil:
The basic oil (Blended lube oil = Basic oil + Additives) must be a narrow distillation cut and must be refined in accordance with modern procedures. Bright stocks, if contained, must neither adversely affect the thermal nor the oxidation stability.

Test method
Preferably paraffin-basic
Viscosity index(VI)
Behavior in cold, still flows
Flash point (as per Cleveland)
Ash content (Oxide ash)
Weight %
< 0.02
Residual coke (as per Conrad son)
Weight %
< 0.050
Mineral acids and fats

Blended lube oils (HD oils):
The basic oils which additives have been mixed (blended lube oil) must demonstrate the following characteristics
  • The additives must be dissolved in the oil and must be of such a composition that an absolute minimum of ash remains as residue after combustion. The ash must be soft. If this perquisite is not complied with, increased deposits are to be expected in the combustion chamber, especially at the outlet valves and in the inlet housing of the turbochargers.  Hard additives ash promote pitting on the valve seats, as well as burnt-out valves and increased mechanical wear.
  • Additives must not facilitate clogging of the filter elements, neither in their active nor in their exhausted state.
  • The Cleaning capacity must be so high that coke and tar-like residues occurring when fuel is combusted must not build –up.
  • The dispersing capacity must be selected such that commercially available lube oil cleaning equipment can remove the combustion deposits from the lube oil.
  • The neutralization capacity (ASTM-D2896) must be so high that the acidic products which results during combustion are neutralized. The reaction time of the additives must be matched to the process in the combustion chamber.
  • The tendency to evaporate must be as low as possible; otherwise oil consumption is adversely affected.
  • The lube oil must not from a stable emulsion with water. (40 ml emulsion as per ASTM-D10401).
  • Frothing (ASTM-D892): After 10 minutes < 20 ml.
  • The lube oil must not contain agents to improve viscosity index.
  • Fresh oil must contain no water and no contamination.
EXAMPLE: Lube Oil selection for MAN B&W engine

SAE class
Viscosity mm2/s at 40 °C or 100°C resp.

Preferably in the upper region of the SAE-class applicable to the engine
32/36 through 58/36

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