Engine Oils

Maximising the life of car engines has far-reaching benefits – conserving resources, reducing waste and lowering emissions.

With this in mind, Tribology has an important part to play to improve the performance of the engine lubricants, to reduce friction and wear on the piston rings, cams and journal bearings.  

In addition, the engine lubricant can have a direct impact on the efficiency and thus the miles per gallon of a vehicle.  

Tribology plays a fundamental role in the development of engine oils, positively impacting engine performance and longevity. 

Effective lubrication maintains a protective oil film between moving parts, minimising friction and wear. We work with our customers to develop and test engine oils that sustain this lubrication even under extreme conditions, ensuring consistent engine performance.

Through helping in formulation of oils and the selection of anti-wear additives, and reducing friction between moving engine components such as pistons and bearings, our work can deliver improved fuel efficiency and reduced wear and tear on critical engine parts, ultimately extending the engine’s lifespan. 

Engine Oil Evaluation

Engine oil formulation can be optimised to build tribofilms – protective layers that adhere to surfaces – and significantly reduce friction and wear.  

In our lab, we’re able to evaluate these tribofilms under a range of test conditions. This comprehensive testing allows researchers to assess the effectiveness of tribofilms in diverse real-world scenarios – ensuring that lubricants perform optimally in the face of varying temperatures, loads, and speeds.

Ingram Tribology delivered high-quality results with great attention to detail and professionalism. They also met our deadlines and expectations with their fast and efficient service

Maruti Sai Dhiraj Sakhamuri, University of Southampton

Tribological Thinking

Find out about our latest thinking, research, news and more.

  • Check out our first Tribo Gatherings Podcast

    Check out our first Tribo Gatherings Podcast

    We have started a Podcast! Our first guest is Dr. Connor Myant from Imperial College. We discuss biotribology, as related to the testing of food and hip joint failures. We discuss the advances in 3D printing and how Connor moved from Tribology into 3D printing. We discuss all Connors current projects and thoughts for the…

  • We’re hiring

    We’re hiring

    We are recruiting an Engineer to join our team at Ingram Tribology. The deadline for applications is 4th September 2023.

  • Preparing for the summer conferences 2023

    Preparing for the summer conferences 2023

    We have been busy preparing for the conferences this summer.   By drafting some of our micropitting work for publication.  This will be presented at STLE, Lubmat and TriboUK. We have been busy working on a rapid micropitting test that correlates to the FZG micropitting test.  Our new test takes less than 40 hours and correlates…

  • Maintaining safe and quiet railways

    Maintaining safe and quiet railways

    We are currently working on an exciting project with the Railway Standards Safety Board (RSSB) and the European Lubricating Grease Institute (ELGI), to develop a new performance test for Top of rail (TOR) materials.  These TOR materials are used to ensure traction and reduce noise at the wheel/rail interface.  This allows trains to start without…

  • It’s Xmas Penguin Time

    It’s Xmas Penguin Time

    This year the animals at the South Pole have been having fun demonstrating the different shapes of contacting bodies.

  • Stribeck Curves

    Stribeck Curves

    A Stribeck Curve (sometimes also called a Stribeck Friction Curve) is a common name used to described friction vs entrainment speed results, measured on a tribometer.  These are very useful as they give a good overview of the frictional performance of a lubricant. The Stribeck Curve is named after the German engineer Richard Stribeck, who…

  • Covid Response 2020

    Covid Response 2020

    At the beginning of the first COVID lockdown in the UK – March 2020, we like many other people didn’t know what effect the lockdown would have on our business.  But we did know and feel like we needed to help our local community.  This included the manufacture of protective face visors, using our 3D…

  • Traction Curves

    Traction Curves

    Traction curves can be used to develop lubricants for specific applications, for example high traction fluids for CVTs.  They can also be used to help understand the physical changes of the lubricant under high contact pressures.  This can then be used to help develop new lubricants with special properties, for example with low traction to…