Faculty Advisor

Sisson, Richard D.


This investigation was conducted to find a non-chlorinated lubricant to replace I.C.1211 and I.C.484 which are chlorinated lubricants used in the formation of coiled pins at Spirol International Corporation. The reasons for needing a non-chlorinated lubricant included damage to the heat treatment furnace; environmental effects of the chlorine after processing; as well as effects the residual lubricant was causing when the coiled pins were used in plastic applications. Six lubricants were selected for further testing based on technical data sheets, MSDS, and ASTM standardized four-ball lubricant performance test results. The six lubricants were subjected to a tungsten carbide corrosion test. All six lubricants passed the tungsten carbide test and subsequently their ability to manufacture coiled pins was tested. If the lubricant was not able to successfully form an acceptable pin it did not pass the machine testing. The only lubricant capable of successfully forming and protecting the surface of Spirol's coiled pins was Angler's Spirol #4.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2007


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering