Effect of lubricating oil metallic content on the morphology and graphitization degree of diesel particulate matters

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  • 2017-01-1009

Published:
  • 2017-03-28
Abstract:
In this paper, the influence of metallic content of lubricating oils on diesel particles were investigated. Three lubricating oils with different levels of metallic content were used in a two cylinder, four stroke, direct injection diesel engine. 4.0 wt. % and 8 wt. % antioxidant and corrosion inhibitor (T202) were added into baseline lubricating oil to improve the performance respectively. Primary particle diameter distributions, fractal dimension of aggregates and particle nanostructure were compared and analyzed by Transmission Electron Microscope. The graphitization degrees of diesel particles from different lubricating oils were analyzed by Raman spectroscopy. Conclusions drawn from the experiments indicate that the metallic content increases the primary particles diameter at 1600 rpm and 2200 rpm. The primary particles diameter ranges from 5 nm to 70 nm and the distribution conformed to Gaussian distribution. Besides, particles from high metallic content lubricating oils show same chain-like and branch-like cluster and core-shell nanostructure with particles from the baseline lubricating oil. Fractal dimension of aggregates from high metallic content lubricating oils is also larger than that of the baseline lubricating oil. The analysis results of particle nanostructure show that metallic content leads to shorter fringes with higher tortuosity and separation distance. As to the graphitization degree, four curves (D1, D2, D4, G) were used to fit the Raman spectrum curves. And the area ratio of D1 band to G band increased when the high metallic content lubricating oil was used at 1600 rpm and 2200 rpm, which means that metallic content leads to the disordered particle structure.
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