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A crude form of iron, combined with carbon, used to produce steel and cast iron.

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SEQUESTER

To form a stable, water-soluble complex.

BALL BEARING

An anti-friction rolling type bearing containing rolling elements in the form of balls.

CLOUD POINT

The temperature at which waxy crystals in an oil or fuel form a cloudy appearance.

BLACK OIL

A lubricant containing asphaltic materials, which impart extra adhesiveness, that are used for open gears and steel cables.

CRACKING

The process whereby large molecules are broken down by the application of heat and pressure to form smaller molecules.

DEMULSIBILITY

The ability of a fluid that is insoluble in water to separate from water with which it may be mixed in the form of an emulsion.

HARD IRON

Iron or steel which is not readily magnetized by induction, but which retains a high percentage of the magnetism acquired

CARBON

A non-metallic element - No. 6 in the periodic table. Diamonds and graphite are pure forms of carbon. Carbon is a constituent of all organic compounds. It also occurs in combined form in many inorganic substances; i.e., carbon dioxide, limestone, etc.

BRINELLING

Permanent deformation of the bearing surfaces where the rollers (or balls) contact the races. Brinelling results from excessive load or impact on stationary bearings. It is a form of mechanical damage in which metal is displaced or upset without attrition.

GRAPHITE

A crystalline form of carbon having a laminar structure, which is used as a lubricant. It may be of natural or synthetic origin.
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