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Webinar: Base Oil Groups I-V: Manufacturing, Properties and Performance

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

Join us for this webinar where Dr. John Rosenbaum will lead us in discussing base oils - their manufacture, properties and performance.

Base Oils Groups I-V: Manufacturing, Properties & Performance

Instructor: John Rosenbaum, Senior Product Development Engineer, Chevron Global Base Oils

Where: STLE University, live webinar event broadcast to your computer

When: Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 12-1:00 p.m., with optional Q&A from 1-1:30 p.m. Central Time

Cost: $39 for members, $59 for non-members


In recent years, several new types of base oils have become available on a global basis.  These include high-quality mineral oils, specialty PAOs and vegetable oil-derived oils as well as recently introduced gas-to-liquid (GTL) base oils.  Re-refined base oils are becoming more available also – are they as good as virgin base stocks?  The currently-available collection of commercial base stocks feature a broad continuum of quality and, depending on their composition, level of purity and viscometric properties, they are classified by the American Petroleum Institute as Group I, II, III, IV or V. 

There are now more different types of lubricant base stocks than ever before, which raises the question once again:  “Can one predict how base oil properties affect performance in finished lubricants and how formulations can be optimized to meet targeted specifications?”  Two important properties in a finished lubricant, viscosity and volatility, are dominated by the base oil blend, but the base oils can also strongly impact more subtle blending strategies and tactics. 

In order to better understand how different types of base stocks behave in finished products, it will be helpful for the formulator to not only understand the chemistry of the various types of base stocks, but also how different types of base stocks are manufactured.  There is no perfect single base stock -- each type has advantages and limitations, depending on the final application.  

John will give an overview of the above topics, and ample time will be allowed for questions.

Presenter Biography

Dr. John Rosenbaum is the Senior Product Development Engineer at Chevron Global Base Oils. The majority of John‘s 30+ year career at Chevron has been in technology development for producing higher performing fuels and lubricants. For the last 11 years he has lead manufacturing and marketing technical support for Chevron’s current and future base oils.  John has a Bachelors of Science degree with Distinction in Chemistry from San Diego State University and a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.  He is the author or co-author of about 60 US patents plus numerous publications.

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