Module 8: Lubrication Engineering


Nominal duration: 3 weeks (36 hours total time commitment)


This time commitment includes the preparation reading, attendance at each webinar (1 hour plus 15-30 minutes for discussion), and the time necessary to complete the assignments and further study.




With a bewildering selection of thousands of lubricant types, base stocks, additive packages and viscosity grades to choose, it is difficult to decide which one is right for a specific machine. Modern lubrication programs have dramatically changed from the old methods that have been passed down through the generations. If someone isn’t using the right lubricant at the right time, in the right place, and in the right quantity, more harm than good could be done and it could cost a company thousands of dollars. This module collates the strategic knowledge of many practising professionals in this area and suggests the best practice to work with. This module covers lubricant management, design applications, operations, maintenance and management issues and provides up-to-date information and best practice in dealing with the subject of lubrication.









To evaluate the achievement of the learning outcomes; written assignments, group projects and practical exercises are set.




1.   Examine and discuss the basics of Tribology

2.   Describe the properties of lubricants and lubricant additives

3.   Examine and discuss lubricant stability and storage issues


Learning Outcome 1


Assessment Criteria








Examine and discuss the basics of Tribology


1.1       Examine the concepts of friction, heat and wear

1.2       Distinguish between the various types of lubrication

1.3       Predict lubricant characteristics under different load,             temperature and viscosity conditions

1.4       Identify appropriate lubricants for different applications



Learning Outcome 2


Assessment Criteria

Describe the properties of lubricants and lubricant additives


2.1       Describe the various lubricant properties


2.2       Discuss the use of lubricant additives


Learning Outcome 3


Assessment Criteria







Examine and discuss lubricant stability and storage issues


3.1       Examine the root causes of lubricant failures and how             they can be controlled


3.2       Examine and discuss lubricant storage issues


Delivery Mode

A combination of asynchronous and synchronous e-learning delivery comprising a judicious mix of interactive online web conferencing, simulation (virtual labs) software, remote online labs, online videos, PowerPoint slides, notes, reading and study materials (in PDF, HTML and Word format) accessed through the Moodle Learning Management System (LMS).

Software/Hardware Used


  • tribology


  • Online