The Science Behind Speed Lube – Understanding Lubricants and Their Impact

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Speed lube is a fluid designed to reduce friction between surfaces that come into contact. In addition, lubricant can serve other functions such as transporting foreign materials or cooling and heating the surfaces they touch.

Most lubricants that end up in the environment are dumped by ordinary individuals. These liquids may end up on the ground, down drains or directly into landfills as trash.


Viscosity refers to the resistance of fluid to flow. This property of viscosity makes lubricants effective lubricants as it allows them to form protective films between surfaces that would otherwise experience extreme friction, while at the same time easily dispersing and reaching those in need of protection quickly.

Oils are graded according to their viscosity at 40 degrees Celsius using the Viscosity Index scale; however, their actual viscosity may vary dramatically based on temperature; an oil that performs well at lower temperatures could become much thicker at higher temperatures compared with another oil of equal VI value.

Lubest XMT PRO was designed for speed with its high viscosity and temperature sensitivity; becoming slower as temperatures decrease and performing best at 21 degrees Celsius. Conversely, Adheron Lite provides smoothness and accuracy at 21 degrees Celsius with its very low viscosity lube; making it one of the easiest lubes to use by new cubers as only small amounts are necessary to be effective.

As such, silicon-based lubes have become the go-to choice for Speed Cube lubricants. Not only are these silicon-based products safe for the plastic materials used to craft the cubes but they can be applied at will as needed without fear of damage to any components in any way. Furthermore, their longevity makes them suitable for frequent use.

Thermal Stability

Lubricants provide a barrier between moving parts by creating a thin film of fluid between them, thus reducing friction, wear, noise, vibrations, temperature generation and surface fatigue – as well as allowing faster speeds and increased efficiency.

Viscosity, or resistance to flow, is one of the key physical characteristics that helps determine an ideal lubricant choice. Water has low viscosity while thicker substances like molasses can have significantly greater viscosity. Oils may change their viscosity with temperature variations.

At this point, it’s crucial to understand your environment. If you reside in a colder climate, look for lube with excellent thermal stability that can withstand freezing and thawing cycles. If using one lube across multiple weather conditions, check its wet/dry label to make sure it will continue performing regardless of rainy or sunny days.

Angstrom Celeritas is an effective lube for wet conditions, offering a chemical reaction which makes cube movement much faster (known as “gliding” among speedcubers). MAX Fleet was created specifically to withstand dry and nasty environments – to handle sweat, mud and unexpected rainfall without disintegrating into mud pits – both highly recommended if living in wet, grimy environments. Furthermore, there’s FR99 as bio-based alternative with comparable physical properties without the harmful toxins present in petroleum-based lubes; featuring the same physical properties without harming the environment – ideal if living in environments with lots of grime or grime to contend with!

Chemical Stability

Stability is of utmost importance when it comes to the performance of any lubricant. When exposed to various temperatures, lubricants may experience changes that reduce their stability or make them thicker or thinner, impacting how effectively they lubricate surfaces. Furthermore, chemical composition plays a role – for instance fat content can change viscosity significantly and alter performance over time.

Lubricants used in conjunction with mechanical systems serve to separate moving parts and minimize friction, wear and operating noise while also helping prevent rust and corrosion.

Lubricants typically consist of 90-100% base oil (most often petroleum fractions) and less than 10% additives. Base oils may come from petroleum, vegetable oils or synthetic liquids like hydrogenated polyolefins, esters or silicones; while additives provide various properties such as reduced friction and wear, increased viscosity index, corrosion resistance or oxidative stability.

An important characteristic of any lubricant is its ability to channel grease into spaces created by rotational movement of surfaces, known as “channeling.” This feature is particularly crucial at higher speeds and can be tested using Federal Test Method 3456.2 of the National Lubricating Grease Institute (NLGI).

Environmental Impact

Lubricants play a variety of important roles in industry. Lubricants reduce friction between surfaces that come into contact, thus decreasing heat generation between them, as well as transmitting forces between moving components, transporting foreign particles or heating or cooling surfaces.

Modern lubricants are composed of base oil and additives that work to modify its physical properties such as viscosity, shear stability, thermal and chemical stability, water resistance and viscosity. Lubricant base oils typically include petroleum fractions (known as mineral oils) vegetable oil as well as synthetic liquids like hydrogenated polyolefins esters silicones or fluorocarbons.

An essential quality for lubricants is their viscosity index (VI), which measures the rate of change in viscosity over a specified temperature range. Oils with higher VI numbers provide extra protection to vital components by creating an impenetrable fluid barrier against friction, shear, and extreme pressure.

Oxidation stability of lubricants is another key characteristic, which refers to their ability to resist oxygen exposure without becoming degraded and producing deposits and increasing viscosity. Other important physical characteristics to keep an eye on when selecting the ideal lubricant are its vapor pressure and pour point, along with their ability to separate from water.

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