Reaction pathways in lubricant degradation. 2. n-Hexadecane autooxidation

Steven Blaine, Phillip E. Savage

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The authors oxidized n-hexadecane in an isothermal batch reactor at temperatures ranging from l40 to l80 C for times ranging from l0 min to 24 h. The viscosity of the n-hexadecane oxidate was measured and the average molecular weight of the oxidate was determined with the use of gel permeation chromatography. The oxidate viscosity and the molecularcweights increased with both reaction time and temperature, but the viscosity increase was much more dramatic. The maximum viscosity measured was 219 cP, which resulted from oxidation at l80 C for llh.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2185-2191
Number of pages7
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1991

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Polymers and Plastics


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