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William B. Chamberlin

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Bill Chamberlin spent 34 years in R&D at The Lubrizol Corporation involved in advanced crankcase lubricant applications. He retired in 2004 and continues to consult. Advanced lubricant applications Bill has worked on include: rotary engines, direct injection two-strokes, and alternatively fueled engines (alcohols, gaseous fuels, biofuels, etc.). In 2003 he was recognized as the Outstanding Chemist of the Year by the Northeast Ohio American Chemical Society Section. Bill was elected a Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Fellow in 1995. Bill has also been active in the SAE including Chair of the SAE Emerging Technology Committee, Chair of the Cleveland Section, and member of the SAE Sections Board. He holds 15 patents and has authored or co-authored 19 papers. He holds BA (1966) and MS (1970) degrees in chemistry from Miami University (Ohio).


Fueling Our Future Transportation Needs

Conventional transportation fuels have been targeted as having undesirable impacts on health, the environment, and geopolitics. Legislation is in place to severely reduce future conventionally regulated emissions as well as total fuel usage (CO2 emissions).

The talk will summarize developments targeted to reduce the use of conventional transportation fuels. Also included will be a look at promising alternative fueling sources emerging for transportation. Approaches considered include: hybridization, biofuels, natural gas, and electric propulsion enabled by battery and fuel cell advances.

Bill will draw on his 30+ years of professional involvement in alternatives to assess some of the obstacles to overcome in pursuing several of the more promising approaches.

Why So Many Lubricants in My Garage?

Our garages house cars, trucks, and a variety of gasoline powered paraphernalia such as lawn mowers, motor cycles, string trimmers, chain saws, outboard motors, snow mobiles, etc. The owners manual for each item specifies one or more specific lubricants suitable to meet needs. The number of lubricants required to meet the diverse needs in your garage can easily exceed TEN. Is this really necessary?  Bill Chamberlin will draw on this 30+ years of lubricant formulating experience to help you understand how these different lubricants function and what you should consider when choosing among the confusing array
of products. Mysteries explained include:

  • What do synthetics offer?
  • What do engine oil supplements offer?
  • How often should I change my oil and why?
  • Can my car oil be used in my snow mobile or motor bike?
  • Can all 2-stroke engines use the same oil?
  • How is a multi-grade different from a single grade?
  • What do all the classification systems mean? API?, SAE?, NMMA?, GF?, etc.

They Don't Build Automobiles the Way They Used to!

Today's automobiles are more efficient, pollute less, and perform better than previous generations. Bill Chamberlin will look at the technological progress of automotive power systems over the past 40 years. The progress will be supported by performance comparisons of popular vehicles over this time span.  From the review and the presenter's 30+ years direct experience with emerging technologies, future progress in meeting goals of emissions, performance, and fuel economy will be assessed.

Historical Development of Crankcase Engine Oils—From Model A to Z4

Throughout the evolution of the automobile, passenger car engine oils have been developed to address issues of wear, corrosion, deposit formation, friction, and viscosity stability.  As a result, the internal combustion engines are now developed with the expectation that the lubricants to be used in them will deliver certain performance attributes.  Metallurgies, clearances, and built-in stresses are all chosen with certain expectations from the lubricant.

The major advances in crankcase lubricant additives were achieved through a combination of extensive research, Edisonian trial and error, dedicated development, and a large dose of serendipity.  The presentation reviews the role of crankcase lubricant additive in solving issues of bearing corrosion, valve train wear, rust, sludge, varnish, and viscosity stability.  Also revealed are some of the behind the scenes events that led to the additives which enabled the improvements in engine oil performance and enabled engine engineering advances.


8106 Eagle Rd.,

Kirtland OH 44094

Phone: 440-256-1598

Cell:  440-346-2358