Water based lubricants represent a growing market niche because of water’s unique properties, lower cost as a diluent, and the reduced environmental impact when compared to oil based lubricants. Your technical team may find it a worthwhile investigation. Building viscosity in water presents obvious challenges due to polymer compatibility in aqueous systems. Functional Products Inc. offers a full line of tackifiers and viscosity modifiers for water based lubricants. Functional Product’s Technical Director Dr. Erik Willett recently presented in a paper on the technical mechanism of polymers and water.
Read the conference paper here: Water Soluble Polymers for Industrial Lubrication