Improved processes produce high-quality lubes

LUBE OIL PROCESSING-2 Fred Banta, Peter O. Staffeld, Mary P. McGuiness, Robert G. Wuest Mobil Technology Co. Paulsboro, N.J. In several lube-refinery applications, Mobil Oil Corp. has demonstrated process improvements in the areas of vacuum distillation, solvent refining, lube hydrocracking, and catalytic dewaxing. This article is the second of three that discusses Mobil's lube technologies. The first covered Mobil's compositional monitoring approach to predict lube-oil qualities. The third will discuss the company's catalyst technologies and commercial applications. Deep-cut vacuum distillation Deep-cut vacuum distillation (DCVD) aims to ach...

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