Grease Thickeners

Grease Gelling Applications Guide

  • Lithium Stearate
  • Calcium Stearate
  • Aluminum Stearate
  • Sodium Stearate
  • Lithium 12-Hydroxystearate
  • Calcium 12-Hydroxystearate

Typical Properties

Calcium 12 – Hydroxystearate

  • Total Ash %: 8.6
  • Li %: –
  • Free Fatty Acid %: 1.0 max
  • Free Alkalinity %: –
  • Moisture %: 3.0 max
  • Melting Point ̊C: 146
  • Appearance: Off-white powder
  • Major Applications: Pre-formed grease thickener

Calcium Stearate SAK CS P/USP(K)

  • Total Ash %: 9.9
  • Li %: –
  • Free Fatty Acid %: 1.0 max
  • Free Alkalinity %: –
  • Moisture %: 3.0 max
  • Melting Point ̊C: 148
  • Appearance: White powder
  • Major Applications: Pre-formed grease thickener

Calford® G-200 (lithium stearate)

  • Total Ash %: 5.3
  • Li %: 2.5
  • Free Fatty Acid %: 0.5 max
  • Free Alkalinity %: 0.1
  • Moisture %: 0.3
  • Melting Point ̊C: 223
  • Appearance: Off-white powder
  • Major Applications: Pre-formed grease thickener

Jemstear Aluminum Stearate Hi-Gel

  • Total Ash %: 9.6
  • Li %: –
  • Free Fatty Acid %: 3.5
  • Free Alkalinity %: –
  • Moisture %: 1.0 max
  • Melting Point ̊C: 165
  • Appearance: White powder
  • Major Applications: Pre-formed grease thickener

Lithium Stearate 12 – Hydroxystearate

  • Total Ash %: 4.8
  • Li %: 2.2
  • Free Fatty Acid %: 0.5 max
  • Free Alkalinity %: 0.2
  • Moisture %: 0.3
  • Melting Point ̊C: 212
  • Appearance: Off-white powder
  • Major Applications: Pre-formed grease thickener

Sodium Stearate 100

  • Total Ash %: 10.4
  • Li %: –
  • Free Fatty Acid %: 0.15
  • Free Alkalinity %: –
  • Moisture %: 1.5
  • Melting Point ̊C: 207
  • Appearance: Off-white powder
  • Major Applications: Pre-formed grease thickener

Key Advantages of Pre-Formed Thickeners

  • Superior Batch Uniformity
  • Reduction in Processing time (from days to hours in many cases)
  • No Water to Remove
  • Smaller Raw Material Inventory
  • Elimination of Problems (of improper chemical stoichiometry when making grease by in-situ reaction)
  • Greatly Improved Efficiency of Plant Personnel

Disclaimer

The purpose of this document is to provide general information and advice. All our statements, formulations and recommendations are offered in good faith but without guarantee. Users of our products are themselves responsible for compliance with any legal provisions including those relating to patent laws and accident prevention. CALFORD is a registered trademark of H.L. Blachford Ltd.

For more information, please refer to our Grease Additives Reference Guide

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