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Nonstructural Materials Division

Fluid and Lubricant Technologies Group

Distinguished Research Chemist
and Group Leader, Fluid Analysis


Robert Kauffman has over 30 years of experience in the analysis of fuels, lubricants, and refrigerants. Bob has been a principal investigator and group leader of the Fluids Analysis laboratory since 1988. During the past eight years he has been the principal investigator on a multitask research project concerned with solving aging aircraft issues. 



Awards, Honors, and Recognition 

  • Invited Speaker at 2nd and 4th International Colloquium on Fuels, “Fuel Tank Explosions,” sponsored by Technische Akademie Esslingen, Ostfildern, Germany, 1999, 2003.
  • Invited Speaker at the UOP/Allied Signal Invitational Lecture Series, "On-Line and Off-Line Analyses of Commercial Processes," Des Plaines, IL, 1998.
  • Invited Speaker at Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute Conference on "Recovery, Recycling and Reclamation of CFC Refrigerants," Arlington, VA, 1993.
  • International R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine 1992 (RULER Oil Analysis Instrument) and 2009 (Self-Healing Wire Insulation).

Professional Affiliations

  • Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE)


  • B.S., Chemistry, Bowling Green State University, 1976

Selected Publications

  • US Patent 7,900,507, “Device and Method for Monitoring the Quality of an Oil Change and Condition of Engine Oil from an Oil Change,” March  2011.

  • ASHRAE Project 1509. Study the Degradation of Typical HVAC Materials, Filters and Components Irradiated by UVC Energy (1509 – TRP), Final Report December 2010 (with J.Wolf).

  • FAA Grant: 08-G-001 “Development of Technologies to Monitor and Extend the Performance of the Electrical Wire and Interconnect Systems (EWIS) of Aging Aircraft,” Final Report July 2010 (with J.Wolf, M. Craft and S. Sathish)

  • "Self-Healing Wiring and Repair Solutions”, Wiring Panel , Presentation/Proceedings 2009 Aging Aircraft Conference, Kansas City, MO (May 2009)

  • "Combining On-Site and On-Line Voltammetric Analyses to Better Understand the Degradation Mechanisms of Lubricants and Equipment - Part I: Joint Strike Fighter," Lub. Eng., V. 51(11), pp 19-27 Aug. 2002.
  • UDRI Final Report for FAA "Investigation of Copper Sulfide Deposits on Electrical Contacts of Aircraft Fuel Tanks," Atlantic City, NJ, Nov. 2001.
  • "Coke Formation from Aircraft Engine Oils: Part I.  Deposit Analysis and Verification of Laboratory Oil Coking Test and Part II.  Effects of Oil Formulation and Surface Composition," Tribology Transactions, V. 43 (4), pp. 823 – 830, 677 –681, Nov. 2000. (Co-authored by Amy Feng and Keith Karasek, Allied Signal Aerospace).
  • “The Effects of Different Sulfur Compounds on Jet Fuel Oxidation and Deposition," J. of Eng. For Gas Turbines and Power, V. 119, pp. 322 – 327, April 1997.
  • "Rapid Determination of Remaining Lubricant Life," STLE Handbook of Lubrication and Tribology, V. III, pp 89-100, 1994.
  • "Chemical Analysis and Recycling of Used Refrigerant from Field Systems" and "Sealed Tube Tests of Refrigerants from Field Systems Before and After Recycling," Dealing with Used Refrigerants in the '90's, ASHRAE Technical Data Bulletin, 9(5), Sept 1993.

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