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Chemical Characterization Using Different Analytical Techniques to Understand Processes : The Case of the Paraffinic Base Oil Production Line

Date de publication: 18 novembre

R. Moulian ; J. Le Maître ; H. Leroy ; R. Rodgers ; B. Bouyssiere, C. Afonso ; P. Giusti ; C. Barrère-Mangote
Processes 8 1472 (2020). DOI

Travail réalisé sur le site de l’Université Rouen-Normandie.

Abstract

Mineral base oils are used to produce commercial lubricants and are obtained from refining vacuum residue. Lubricants are used to reduce friction in industry devices, so their viscosity is a key characteristic that needs to be optimized throughout the process. The purpose of this study is to show how global chemical characterization of samples from the base oil production chain can facilitate a better understanding of the molecular impacts of processing and their effect on macroscopic properties like viscosity. Eight different samples were characterized by different analytical techniques, including liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry techniques, to understand their chemical evolution through the different process units at the molecular level. Furthermore, a statistical treatment allowed for the identification of parameters that influence viscosity, mainly sulfur and polyaromatics content. This study demonstrates the importance and effectiveness of cross-checking results from different complementary analytical techniques to acquire valuable data on lubricating oil base samples.