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Title:
LUBRICANT FORMULATIONS WITH DISPERSANCY RETENTION CAPABILITY
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2000/008120
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The use of oil soluble organo molybdenum compounds in combination with phenolic or amenic antioxidants has been found to improve the dispersancy retention capability of crankcase lubricants. Thus in one embodiment the present invention comprises improving dispersancy retention of a crankcase lubricant by including in the crankcase lubricant composition an oil soluble organomolybdenum compounds and at least one of a phenolic or aminic antioxidant. Particularly preferred organomolybdenum compounds are molybdenum dithiocarbamates while a mixture of a diarylamine and two phenolic antioxidants are preferred.

Inventors:
Gao, Jason Zhisheng (1253 Wiltshire Drive Sarnia, Ontario N7S 3Z7, CA)
Fyfe, Kim Elisabeth (1251 Glen Douglas Drive Sarnia, Ontario N7V 3N6, CA)
Elnicki, John David (109 Hastings Cresent Sarnia, Ontario N7S 5K4, CA)
Application Number:
PCT/US1999/017279
Publication Date:
February 17, 2000
Filing Date:
July 30, 1999
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
EXXON RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING COMPANY (180 Park Avenue P.O. Box 390 Florham Park, NJ, 07932-0390, US)
International Classes:
C10M169/04; C10M129/76; C10M133/12; C10M135/18; C10M135/24; C10M141/08; C10N10/12; C10N30/04; C10N30/10; C10N40/25; (IPC1-7): C10M141/08
Domestic Patent References:
1995-03-23
1996-11-28
Foreign References:
EP0447916A11991-09-25
US5744430A1998-04-28
EP0696636A11996-02-14
EP0346283A21989-12-13
EP0860495A21998-08-26
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Allocca, Joseph J. (Exxon Research and Engineering Company P.O. Box 390 Florham Park, NJ, 07932-0390, US)
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Claims:
CLAIMS :
1. A method for improving the dispersancy retention of a crank case lubricant composition comprising including in the crankcase lubricant composition an oilsoluble, organomolybdenum compound and at least one of a phenolic or aminic antioxidant, wherein the phenolic antioxidant is selected from phenols and mixtures thereof having the formula I and II : wherein R1 and R2 are the same or different alkyl group of from 3 to 9 carbon atoms and x and y are integers of from 1 to 4, wherein the aminic antioxidant is represented by the formula III : wherein R and R1 are independently alkyl groups of about 6 to about 12 carbon atoms, the molybdenum and antioxidant being present in a weight ratio in the range of about 80 : 20 to about 20 : 80.
2. The method of claim 1 wherein the organomolybdenum compound is a molybdenum dithiocarbamate having alkyl groups of from about 6 to about 18 carbon atoms.
3. The method of claim 7 wherein the antioxidant comprises a mixture of phenols of formula I and II and an amine of formula III in the weight ratio ranging from about 80 : 10 : 10 to about 40 : 20 : 40.
4. In a method of operating a diesel engine having a crankcase, the improvement comprising having in the crankcase a lubrication composition comprising a major amount of an oil of lubricating viscosity and a minor amount of an oilsoluble, organomolybdenum compound and at least one of a phenolic or aminic antioxidant, wherein the phenolic antioxidant is selected from the group consisting of phenols and mixtures thereof having the formula I and II : wherein R1 and R2 are the same or different alkyl group of from 3 to 9 carbon atoms and x and y are integers of from 1 to 4, wherein the aminic antioxidant is represented by the formula III : wherein R and R1 are independently alkyl groups of about 6 to about 12 carbon atoms, the molybdenum and antioxidant compound being present in a weight ratio in the range of about 80 : 20 to about 20 : 80.
5. The improvement of claim 4 wherein the organomolybdenum compound is a molybdenum dithiocarbamate having alkyl groups of from about 6 to about 18 carbon atoms.
6. The improvement of claim 8 wherein the antioxidant comprises a mixture of phenols of formula I and II and an amine of formula III in the weight ratio in the range of from about 80 : 10 : 10 to about 40 : 20 : 20.
7. The method of claim 1 wherein an amine and a phenolic antioxidant is included in the lubricant composition.
8. The improvement of claim 4 wherein an amine and a phenolic antioxidant is included in the lubricant composition.
Description:
LUBRICANT FORMULATIONS WITH DISPERSANCY RETENTION CAPABILITY FIELD OF INVENTION This invention relates generally to improvements in crankcase lubri- cants and especially diesel crankcase lubricants. More particularly this invention relates to improving the dispersancy retention capability of crankcase lubricants.

BACKGROUND OF INVENTION The performance criteria for lubricants such as those used in the crankcase of diesel and spark ignition engines may become increasingly more severe as users require lubricants with longer useful lives. For this and other reasons, the efficiency and useful lives of oil-based lubricants, particularly crankcase lubricants, must be improved.

Oxidation of the oil component in the lubricant substantially shortens its useful life. Oxidation yields deposit precursors, corrosive acids, and an undesirable increase in viscosity. While high quality basestocks tend to be relatively resistant to oxidation, contaminants (e. g., iron) and common additives can greatly accelerate oxidation. Inclusion of dispersants (e. g., polyamine or polyester derivatives of alkenyl succinic acids or anhydrides) is desirable for oil performance, but these additives may also be oxidized in the oil, which is undesirable ; and in any event experience has shown that the effectiveness of dispersants decreases with time, probably due to degradation of the dispersant.

Despite the great volume of research directed toward improving the useful life of lubricants, particularly crankcase lubricants, there remains a need for improving the dispersancy retention capability of crankcase lubricants.

SUMMARY OF INVENTION Surprisingly, it has now been found that use of oil soluble organo- molybdenum compounds in combination with phenolic or aminic antioxidant improves the dispersion retention capability of crankcase lubricants. Thus, in one embodiment the present invention comprises improving dispersancy retention of a crankcase lubricant by including in the crankcase lubricant composition an oil soluble organomolybdenum compound and at least one of a phenolic or an aminic antioxidant. Particularly preferred organomolybdenum compounds are molybdenum dithiocarbamates while a mixture of a diarylamine and two alkyl phenols are preferred antioxidants.

These and other embodiments of the present invention will be described in detail hereinafter.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION The crankcase lubricant compositions in the present invention are those that comprise a major amount of a lubricating oil suitable for use in an engine crankcase, particularly a diesel engine crankcase. Thus, natural or synthetic lubricating oils having a kinematic viscosity in the range of 3. 5 to 25 cSt at 100°C comprise a major portion of the lubricating compositions. In general, these lubricating compositions may include additives commonly used in the usual lubricating oil, such as dispersants, antiwear agents, VI improvers, detergents, rust inhibitor, anticorrosion agents and so forth.

The dispersancy retention properties of such crankcase lubricants is improved in accord with this invention by including in the crankcase lubricant an added oil soluble organomolybdenum compound and at least one of a phenolic or aminic antioxidant compound.

Preferably the organomolybdenum compound is a molybdenum dithiocarbamate. Particularly preferred are molybdenum dialkyl dithio- carbamates having alkyl groups of from about 6 to 18 carbon atoms and especially from 8 to 13 carbon atoms.

The compositions of the present invention include at least one of a phenolic antioxidant and an aminic antioxidant.

Among the phenolic antioxidants hindered phenols are preferred.

The preferred or hindered phenols may be represented by the formula (I) and (II), where R1 and R2 may be the same or different alkyl groups containing 3 to 9 carbon atoms and x and y are integers of from 1 to about 4 and preferably x is 2andyis lto2.

Suitable amine antioxidants for use in the compositions of this invention are diaryl amines, aryl naphthyl amines and alkyl derivatives of diaryl amines and aryl naphthyl amines. Preferred aminic antioxidants are represented by formula III. wherein R and R'are independently alkyl groups of from about 6 to about 12 carbon atoms.

In general the organomolybdenum compound and the antioxidant when added to the crankcase lubricant will comprise a minor amount of the total crankcase lubricant composition. For example, the molybdenum compound typically will comprise about 0. 05 to about 2. 00 wt% of the total composition and the antioxidant, about 0. 10 to about 3. 00 wt%.

It has been also found that if the weight ratio of molybdenum compound to antioxidant is in the range of about 80 : 20 to about 20 : 80 optimum dispersancy retention is achieved by the combined additives of the present invention.

It is particularly preferred that the antioxidant comprise a mixture of the phenols I and II above and the diaryl amine III in a weight ratio ranging from about 80 : 10 : 10 to about 40 : 20 : 40, and preferably 75 : 15 : 15 respectively.

Optionally, the additives may be combined with a carrier liquid in the form of a concentrate. The concentration of the combined additives in the concentrate may vary from 1 to 80% by weight but preferably will be in the range of 5 to 10 wt%.

The following examples further illustrate the invention.

EXAMPLE 1 A series of test oils were prepared having the compositions shown in Table 1.

Table 1 T E S T O I L ComponentsABC D Basestoc'.wt%98.097.097.097.0 PARANOX106,wt%2.02.02.02.0 Molyvan 822(3) 1.0 0.5 Irganox L150(4) 1.0 0.5 Soot-laden used 600 SN from engine test, containing 4. 4 wt% soot.

A trade name for polyisobutylene succinamide sold by Exxon Chemical Company, Houston, TX (3) A trade name for a molybdenum dithiocarbamate having C to C 13 alkyl groups sold by R. T. Vanderbilt Co., Norwalk, CT.

(4) A trade name for a mixture of diarylamine of formula III and phenols of formula I and II in the ratio of 70 : 15 : 15 and sold by Ciba-Geigy, Basel, Switzerland.

These oils were then tested in a bench oxidation test which was conducted at 165°C under a mixed air/nitrogen flow, with 40 ppm iron from added Ferric Acetylacetonate as a catalyst. The flow rates of air and nitrogen were controlled at 500 ml/min. and 350 ml/min. , respectively.

Table 2 Kinematic Viscosity @ 100°C, cSt Test Oil 0 Hours 8 Hours 16 Hours 24 Hours 32 Hours A 16. 12 19. 89 27. 55 33. 68 44. 10 B 15. 92 17. 84 23. 90 26. 55 32. 79 C 15. 77 17. 27 19. 85 23. 97 29. 84 D16. 02 17. 03 19. 81 23. 11 26. 36 EXAMPLE 2 The second series of test oils were prepared having the compositions as shown in Table 3.

Table 3 T E S T O I L Components(l) E F G H I J Soot-Laden 600 SN, wt% 97.0 97.0 97.0 97.0 97.0 97.0 Paranox 106, wt % 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 Molyvan 822, wt% 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1.0 Irganox L150, wt% 1.0 0.8 0.6 0.4 0.2 See Table 1 for specific component descriptions The same bench oxidation test described in Example 1 was conducted at the different ratios of the organomolybdenum compound to the antioxidant mixture, but samples of the test oils were only taken at 32 hour. The results are given in Table 4.

Table 4 T E S T O I L Results E F G H I J Before Test, KV@16.0016.2915.9415.9315.9515.97 100°C, cSt After Test, KV@32.2627.3825.6626.0525.6730.05 100°C,cSt % Increase101. 6 68. 1 61. 0 63. 5 60. 9 88. 2 EXAMPLE 3 In the absence of soot, the effect of oxidation on dispersancy in the absence of soot as well as the effect of different antioxidants are shown in Example 3. In this example, the test oil was first oxidized in the same bench oxidation described in Example 1. The composition of the test oils are given in Table 5.

Table 5 T E S T O I L S Components(1) K L M N O 600 SN, wt% 97. 0 97. 0 97. 0 97. 0 97. 0 Paranox 106, wt%6. 0 6. 06. 0 6. 0 6. 0 Molyvan 822, wt%0. 5 - 0. 5 Irganox L150, wt%1. 00. 5 Hitec 4728, wt%1. 0 0. 5 See Table 1 for specific component descriptions (2) A methylene-bridged alkyl phenol sold by Ethyl Petroleum Additives, Inc., Richmond, VA The remaining dispersancy of the test oil after 32 hours in the bench oxidation test was then determined by use of the GM 6. 2L soot-laden basestock dispersancy test. In the GM 6. 2L soot-laden basestock dispersancy test, the soot dispersancy of a used oil was determined by the viscosity ratio of the diluted test oil in the presence and absence of soot ; the lower the ratio, the better the dispersancy. The test oil was mixed with the soot-laden 600 SN (4. 4 wt% soot) from the GM 6. 2L engine at the ratio of 25 : 75 and the kinematic viscosity at 100°C was measured. At the same time, the kinematic viscosity at 100°C of the test oil - fresh base oil mixture at the same ratio (25 : 75) was also obtained. The results are given in Table 6.

Table 6 T E S T O I L S Test Results K L M N O Fresh Oil KV 100°C, cSt 13. 08 13. 06 13. 03 13. 15 13. 11 Used Oil KV 100°C, cSt 30. 99 14. 52 13. 59 23. 69 16. 96 Used Oil/Soot-Laden 600 SN 24. 35 19. 05 17. 84 23. 95 20. 99 Mixture (25/75) KV @ 100°C, cSt Used Oil/Fresh 600 SN Mixture 13. 85 11. 96 11. 82 13. 64 12. 37 (25/75) KV @ 100°C, cSt Relative Viscosity (Viscosity 1. 76 1. 59 1. 51 1. 76 1. 70 Ratio) EXAMPLE 4 In this example, the method described in the present invention can be used as a top treat for a fully formulated diesel engine oil. A commercial heavy duty diesel engine oil was used which comprised solvent neutral base- stock mixtures, an olefin copolymer VI improver, a detergent-inhibitor package containing dispersant, detergent, antiwear agent, antioxidant and a pour point depressant mixture. This fully formulated diesel engine oil also contained approximately 100 ppm of organomolybdenum compound. The soot dispersancy results, as measured by the GM 6. 2L soot-laden basestock dispersancy test, as described in Example 3, of the engine oil at 8,16, 24, and 32 hours in the bech oxidation test, as described in Example 1, are given in Table 7.

Table 7 8 16 24 32 Fresh Hours Hours Hours Hours Used Oil KV @ 100*C, cSt 15. 23 13. 79 13. 12 13. 15 13. 58 GM 6. 2L Soot Dispersancy Test 25/70 mixture with Soot- 14. 30 14. 06 15. 03 16. 01 16. 44 Laden 600 SN, KV @ 100°C, cSt 25/70 mixture with Fresh 600 12. 28 11. 92 11. 75 11. 76 11. 86 SN, Calculated KV @ 100°C, ***cSt Relative Viscosity (Viscosity 1. 16 1. 18 1. 28 1. 36 1. 39 Ratio) ***Calculated based on weighted average viscosity Since this fully formulated diesel engine oil contained approxi- mately 100 ppm organomolybdenum compound already, 1. 0 wt% Irganox L 150 was added and the soot dispersancy was determined at 8,16, 24, and 32 hours in the bench oxidation test. The results are given in Table 8.

Table 8 8 16 24 32 Hours Hours Hours Hours KV @ 100°C, cSt 14.76 14.76 14.75 15.04 GM 6. 2L Soot Dispersancy Test 25/70 mixture with Soot-Laden 14. 30 14. 31 14. 49 15. 20 600 SN, KV 100°C, cSt 25/70 mixture with Fresh 600 12. 16 12. 16 12. 16 12. 23 SN, Calculated KV @ 100°C,***cSt Relative Viscosity (Viscosity 1. 18 1. 18 1. 19 1. 24 Ratio) ***Calculated based on weighted average viscosity