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Webinar: Base Oils - Their Manufacture, Properties, Performance, and Applications

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

Dr. John M. Rosenbaum will discuss base oils: their manufacture, properties, performance and applications. The discussion will include new types of base oils that have been introduced in recent years.

Base Oils: Their Manufacture, Properties, Performance, and Applications
Presenter: Dr. John M. Rosenbaum, Chevron
Where: STLE University, live webinar event broadcast to your computer 
When: Tuesday, November 22, 2011, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Central, with optional extended Q&A session from 1:00-1:30 p.m.
Cost: $39 for members and $59 for non-members
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Abstract: 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 esters 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 level of purity and viscometrics properties, are classified by the American Petroleum Institute as Group I, II, III, IV or V.  With more types of base stocks being available and increasing pressure to improve lubricant performance, a tremendous amount of complexity has been added to the lubricant formulation process.  This complexity provokes the question -- How can the industry deliver maximum value from this new generation of base oils?


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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