Answering that question requires an understanding of 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, as well as other less apparent properties in a base oil can strongly impact 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 understand how they are manufactured and their resultant chemical and physical properties. There is no perfect single base stock -- each type has advantages and limitations, depending on the final application. A special challenge in recent years is predicting how base stock blends can impact lubricant performance. Considerable progress has been made in the past 20 years translating chemical and physical properties to lubrication performance. This is evidenced in the tremendous improvement in engine oil quality we have seen since highly refined base stocks have become widely available. Join us for this webinar to find out all you can about base stocks and recent developments.
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