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NB/SH/T 0869-2013 (NBSHT0869-2013)

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Standard ID NB/SH/T 0869-2013 (NB/SH/T0869-2013)
Description (Translated English) Standard test method for oil separation from lubricating grease by centrifuging(Koppers method)
Sector / Industry Energy Industry Standard (Recommended)
Classification of Chinese Standard E36
Classification of International Standard 75.100
Word Count Estimation 9,966
Quoted Standard GB/T 269
Adopted Standard ASTM D4425-2009, MOD
Drafting Organization China Petroleum & Chemical Co., Ltd. Research Institute of Petroleum
Administrative Organization National Petroleum Products and Lubricants Standardization Technical Committee of petroleum fuels and lubricants Technical Committee
Regulation (derived from) National Energy Board Notice 2013 No. 4; industry standard for filing Notice 2013 No. 9 (No. 165 overall)
Summary This standard applies to: Determination of grease under high centrifugal forces oil tendencies. This standard specifies the grease centrifugal oil separator measurement methods.

NB/SH/T 0869-2013
ICS 75.100
E 36
Standard test method for oil separation from
lubricating grease by centrifuging (Koppers method)
ISSUED ON: JUNE 08, 2013
Issued by: National Energy Administration
Table of Contents
Foreword ... 3 
1 Scope ... 4 
2 Normative references ... 4 
3 Terms, definitions and symbols ... 4 
4 Method summary ... 6 
5 Method application ... 6 
6 Instruments and apparatuses ... 6 
7 Sampling ... 7 
8 Instrument preparation ... 7 
9 Test steps ... 7 
10 Calculation ... 9 
11 Report ... 10 
12 Precision and deviation ... 11 
Appendix A (Informative) Calculation example ... 13 
Standard test method for oil separation from
lubricating grease by centrifuging
Warning: This Standard may involve certain hazardous materials,
operations and equipment, but it does not make
recommendations on all related safety issues. Therefore,
before using this Standard, users shall establish
corresponding safety and protective measures, and determine
the applicability of relevant regulations and restrictions.
1 Scope
This Standard applies to the determination of oil separation tendency of
lubricating grease under high centrifugal force.
This Standard specifies the determination method of oil separation from
lubricating grease by centrifuging.
2 Normative references
The following documents are indispensable for the application of this document.
For dated references, only the dated version applies to this document. For
undated references, the latest edition (including all amendments) applies to this
GB/T 269, Lubricating grease and petrolatum - Determination of cone
penetration (GB/T 269-1991, eqv ISO 2137:1985)
3 Terms, definitions and symbols
The following terms, definitions and symbols apply to this document.
3.1 Terms and definitions
3.1.1 Lubricating grease
A stable semi-fluid to solid product that is formed by dispersing thickener in
liquid lubricant.
Note: Under the action of surface tension and other physical forces, the
dispersal of the thickener forms a two-phase system, and can make the
The relative centrifugal acceleration is related to the normal gravity acceleration
(9.81 m/s2); it is represented by the symbol G. Calculate according to Formula
(1) or Formula (2):
G = 1.02 × 10-4 × r × ω2...(1)
Or G = 1.12 × 10-6 × r × n2 ... (2)
4 Method summary
Place the pair of centrifuge tubes which contain the lubricating grease sample
into the centrifuge. The lubricating grease sample is subjected to a centrifugal
force whose G value is 36000 at 50 °C ± 1 °C within a specified time. The oil
separation rate of the lubricating grease is expressed by the volume fraction of
oil separation during the test period.
5 Method application
This Standard is especially useful in evaluating the degree of separation of
lubricating grease into liquid and solid under strong centrifugal force. In
mechanical aspects such as flexible shaft coupling, universal joints and rolling
element insertion bearings, lubricating grease is susceptible to increased and
long-term centrifugal forces. The results that are obtained in this Standard have
a good correlation with the actual application. Under the condition that it is
agreed by the parties, this Standard can also be used for measurement under
other conditions, but the precision is no longer applicable.
6 Instruments and apparatuses
6.1 High-speed centrifuge whose G value is up to 36000. Assemble the
equipment on a horizontal surface, so that air can flow smoothly to the motor.
This is crucial for the long life of the motor. It is required that the centrifuge shall
6.1.1 Fixed-axis rotor: there are multiple positions for placing centrifuge tubes;
it can maintain a G value of 36000.
6.1.2 Thermometer: it is better to use the scaled type, which is installed near
the fixed-axis rotor (5 mm ~ 15 mm) so as to be able to measure the
6.1.3 If this device does not have automatic temperature control, a hollow choke
valve is required, which is installed at the air inlet of the centrifuge room to
control the temperature. Some designs require a vent throttle.
6.1.4 Centrifuge tubes of transparent material: when the G value is 36000, it
can withstand at least 100 h.
Note: polypropylene centrifuge tubes are considered durable.
6.2 Balance: it can weigh 100 g; its sensitivity is at least 0.1 g.
7 Sampling
7.1 The amount of lubricating grease samples that are used for analysis shall
be sufficient to ensure that a representative part is selected for testing. For each
time when it is centrifuged, each cubic meter of centrifuge tube needs to be
filled with about 0.5 g of lubricating grease sample. Check for any
inconsistencies such as oil separation, phase change or contamination. If any
abnormal conditions are found, obtain a new sample.
7.2 The sample temperature is 15 °C ~ 35 °C.
8 Instrument preparation
8.1 Check the centrifuge components; pay special attention to whether the
fixed-axis rotor is clean. Any deposit on the surface will affect the balance of the
fixed-axis rotor.
8.2 Check the necessary number of centrifuge tubes that are used in the test;
discard those centrifuge tubes which have scratches or imperfections on the
9 Test steps
9.1 Two centrifuge tubes are required for each lubricating grease sample. For
each test, a new centrifuge tube shall be used; care shall be taken to avoid
9.1.1 Determine the total volume Vt of the centrifuge tube by filling it with water;
it is expressed in cm3; then, inject it into the measuring cylinder for
9.1.2 Use a Vernier caliper to measure the inner diameter; express it in mm.
9.2 Remove the lubricating grease sample from the container; do not include
the oil that is deposited on the surface of the lubricating grease sample.
9.3 Each cubic centimeter of the centrifuge tube needs to be filled with about
0.5 g of lubricating grease sample (for example, a centrifuge tube whose
11.1.3 Duration of the test, in hours (h).
11.1.4 Test temperature, in degrees centigrade (°C).
11.2 In order to simplify the test and report the oil separation rate of the
lubricating grease, the centrifugal acceleration level and the test temperature
shall be consistent, that is, the G value is 36000 and the test temperature is
50 °C. Therefore, the expression of lubricating grease centrifugal oil separation
rate is reported in K36.
φ -- oil separation rate, in % (volume fraction), (see 10.3);
t -- cumulative test time, in hours (h) (see 9.14).
The expression K36 cannot be simplified; the values of φ and t shall be reported.
11.3 Use the average value of the test results of two centrifuge tubes of the
same lubricating grease as the report number of oil separation rate (see 10.3).
11.4 The values of φ and t in Formula (6) are the measured values of those
stable oil separations at that time. Between two consecutive readings, the
increase in φ is less than 10%.
11.4.1 If the oil separation is not stable before the 24 h of cumulative test time,
use the 24 h test result as the report number.
11.4.2 If the cumulative test time exceeds 24 h, except that the cumulative test
time exceeds 24 h, the rest meet the requirements of 11.4, the test results can
be used as the report number. See Appendix A for examples of calculation
12 Precision and deviation
12.1 Precision
Use the following provisions to determine the reliability of the test results (95%
confidence level).
12.1.1 Repeatability (r): the difference between the results of the two oil
separation rates (see 10.3) that are measured by the same operator, in the
same laboratory, with the same instrument, and to the same sample, which shall
not exceed 4.8%.