Petroleum Additives

Petroleum additives are chemical compounds that improve the lubricant performance of base oil (or oil "base stock"). The manufacturer of many different oils can utilize the same base stock for each formulation and can choose different additives for each specific application. Additives comprise up to 5% by weight of some oils.

Nearly all commercial motor oils contain additives, whether the oils are synthetic or petroleum based. Essentially, only the American Petroleum Institute (API) Service SA motor oils have no additives, and they are therefore incapable of protecting modern engines. The choice of additives is determined by the application, e.g. the oil for a diesel engine with direct injection in a pickup truck has different additives than the oil used in a small gasoline-powered outboard motor on a boat (2-cycle engine oil).

  • Chemical breakdown control Additives
  • Viscosity & Lubricity modifiers
  • Contaminant control additives
  • After market additives
  • Oxygenates & Ethers
  • Antioxidants, Stabilizers and Anti-knock agents
  • Fuel dye & performance enhancing additives
  • Racing Formulations: Nitromethane & Nitrous Oxide
  • Techno economical feasibility of Petroleum additives

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June 1-3 , 2017

2nd World Congress on Petroleum and Refinery

Osaka, Japan

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