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William Chamberlin

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Chamberlin_William.jpgBill Chamberlin spent 34 years in R&D at The Lubrizol Corporation involved in advanced crankcase lubricant applications. He retired in 2004. Advanced lubricant applications that Bill has worked on include: rotary engines, direct injection two-strokes, and alternatively fueled engines. 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 13 patents and has authored or co-authored 19 papers. He holds BA (1966) and MS (1970) degrees in chemistry from Miami University (Ohio).


Moving Toward a Domestically Fueled Transportation System; What Works! What Doesn’t!

Today we are hearing a lot about plug-in hybrids, electric vehicles, and technical advances which will reduce oil usage. These developments are overwhelming projections of just a few years ago about fuel cells and a hydrogen economy, even though development continues. Additionally, petroleum substitutes are being proposed such as ethanol, natural gas, biodiesel and dimethyl ether which could impact oil usage. Public funding of major upgrades in mass transit are being promoted as a way of reducing fuel usage and congestion. Bill Chamberlin will draw on this 34 years of work with alternative fuels and advanced engine developments to assess the benefits and hurdles with the growing options being considered to reduce oil usage and the impact of transportation on global warming. In 2002 Bill represented the U.S. on an international panel in Japan which was to project what the auto industry would be like in 2020. As 2020 approaches, viable technologies are emerging that were not even a consideration in 2002. Predictions about the future are always risky. Our speaker will analyze the forces at work that are likely to shape our future transportation fuels and the processes, including chemical, which are under consideration to produce them.

Fueling Our Future Transportation Needs

Conventional transportation fuels are becoming increasingly strained motivating an aggressive search for alternatives, especially alternatives which can be domestically sourced. Our society has diverse energy choices. Biomass, coal, natural gas, and solar or wind energy are among the resources which can be used to synthesize fuels including hydrogen, alcohols, and conventional type fuels. The emergence of electrics and plug-in hybrids adds a new dimension to consider in fueling transportation. While availability and cost are critical; safety, environmental impact, storage properties, infrastructure, and national security must be considered. The talk will review past failed efforts to change our fuel sources and assess options for our future.

A Chemist’s Perspective on the Internal Combustion Engine

The reciprocating 4-stroke internal combustion (IC) engine has been with us for over a century. It has become the dominant power plant for automobiles because of its cost, reliability, and versatility. But, how long will it continue? Is the IC engine fueled with refined petroleum products the equal of the buggy whip of a century ago? What are its strengths and weaknesses? The continuous development of understanding and refinement of the reciprocating IC engines and petroleum fuels to power them have made it more and more difficult to find a competitive alternatives. Any new power plant or fuel not only has to compete with the existing technology, but also with known refinements that could be incorporated should the alternative add more cost. Bill Chamberlin will review the fundamentals of the reciprocating internal combustion engine, alternative fuels, and some of the features that are waiting to be implemented depending on the demands of the marketplace. Also included are environmental issues associated with the internal combustion engine and comparisons with alternatives.

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 multigrade different from a single grade? What do all the classification systems mean? API?, SAE?, NMMA?, GF?, etc


WBC LubeTech

8106 Eagle Rd.

Ohio 44094

United States


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