March 2015

Process Control

Optimize online monitoring of base oil

Latter-model vehicles and new automotive engine designs now require higher-quality lubrication oils, such as Groups II and III. Demand for Group II/III base oils is increasing. To capitalize on the gr..

Kim, H., SK Innovation Co. Ltd.; Fannin, G., Bartec Benke GmbH

Latter-model vehicles and new automotive engine designs now require higher-quality lubrication oils, such as Groups II and III. Demand for Group II/III base oils is increasing. To capitalize on the greater demand for lubricating oils, refiners are ramping up capacity to yield more paraffinic base oils. Quality control to monitor base oils includes online viscosity measurements. This case history investigates how a South Korean refinery installed a new online viscosity measurement system to improve quality control for base oils. Base oil outlook Dramatic growth in industrial output in Asia, combined with changes in automotive engine designs to comply with tightening environmental regulation

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