As technology progresses, the design of advanced mechanical systems will rely on a greater understanding of tribological systems. This course seeks to educate students about the mechanisms of lubrication, friction and wear at a microscopic level. Topics include surface contact mechanics, lubrication regimes and the Stribeck curve, differences between abrasive wear modes and rolling contact fatigue, introduction to tribological testing, safe/not-safe sliding, and common industrial applications for tribological design considerations.
Target Audience: Appropriate for students new to the lubricants industry… such as those preparing to take the NLGI Basic Grease course or reviewing for the CLGS exam, and anyone seeking a greater understanding of advanced engineering design.
With more than 1200 alumni, NLGI’s Basic Grease Education Course is the world’s foremost foundational training class for the global grease industry. This course provides an excellent overview of the types of greases, thickeners, base oils and additives. The methods of manufacturing, testing methodology and their use in bearings and in industrial and automotive applications are also covered. Topics include the following:
- Basic Grease Course Overview & Introduction to Greases
- Base Oils
- Grease Manufacturing Overview
- Manufacturing – Open Kettle
- Manufacturing – Contractor
- Manufacturing – Continuous
- Grease packages and Dispensing
- Grease Testing
- Grease Selection and Recommendations
- Industrial Applications
- Automotive Applications
- Environmental & Safety
This course provides advanced instruction regarding specific types of greases, grease chemistry and specialized applications. There is an increased focus on high-value specialty greases and their manufacture and use. Topics include the following:
- Special Tests
- Soap Manufacturing
- Polyurea Greases
- Applications: Grease Tribology
- Bearing Lubrication Greases & Gear Oils
- Food Grade Lubricants
- Steel Mill Greases and Other Lubricants
- Applications: Problems
- Solid Additives
- Silicone Greases
- Calcium Sulfonate Greases
- Synthetic Lubricants Base Stocks
A standard that certifies that an individual possesses a defined level of expertise in the field of lubricating grease. Certification indicates that NLGI recognizes the individual as a grease expert. Certification is awarded after an individual passes a two-hour exam that consists of 120 questions about lubrication fundamentals and grease types, selection, manufacturing, applications, maintenance, testing, etc.
*Please note: Basic & Advanced Courses and Technical Presentations briefly overlap on Tuesday afternoon.