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Lithium soap plays a crucial role in many greases. For the production of lithium-based grease thicknesseners, Lithium 12-hydroxystearate is widely accepted as the best fatty acid. Grease prepared from this acid is usually creamy and has a butter-like texture.
What does Lithium 12-hydroxystearate do?
The thickener/gelling agent of lubricating oil is lithium 12-hydroxystearate.
High oxidation stability and a drop point around 200°C make lithium 12-hydroxystearate a very good choice. Lithium stearate is the main ingredient in most greases that are used for aircraft, heavy machinery and motor vehicles. Other greases can be made with sodium, barium or lithium soaps. The water resistance and oxidation stability of lithium soap-based grease are reasons why it is so popular. The greases can perform at either high or low temperatures depending on their difference.
How can you produce Lithium-12-hydroxystearate
To produce lithium 12 hydroxystearate, lithium hydroxide (and fatty acid) are mixed in an aqueous media. With vigorous stirring, dilute lithium hydroxide monohydrate slowly is added to fatty oil dispersions. The water temperature will be lowered to slightly below boiling point. Spray drying is the best way to collect these lithium soaps, as they can’t be filtered easily. Lithium 12-hydroxystearate can be used in synthetic oils like silicone oil and ester oil. They are more stable and perform better at extreme temperatures than synthetic oils.
The hydrogenation and reduction of castor oil yields 12 hydroxystearic. The primary reactions leading to double bond saturation have been completed. After that, the secondary reactions lead to the reduction and dehydration of the hydroxyl groups. A mixture of 12-hydroxy stearic and stearic acids is formed when hydrogenated castor oil is used.
Prices for Lithium 12hydroxystearate
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