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what/how is synthetic oil made?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by big_truxx, Aug 28, 2005.

  1. big_truxx

    big_truxx 1/2 ton status

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    what is synthetic oil made of? it's not petroleum based correct?
     
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    Synthetic I think is a chemical reaction of some stuff. To my knowledge in a full synthetic there are no dinosaurs.

    If I am wrong someone will correct me.

    Ira
     
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    Synthetic oil is made of plastic polymers
     
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    :saweet: thanks
     
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    Isn't plastic a petroleoum product. Looks like they take oil and make oil?
     
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    And plastics are made from a petroluem base. :doah:
     
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    I am pretty sure that some of the new plastics do not require petroleum. They may use oils to make them just not petroleum based oils. I dunno intersting discussions to follow I am sure.

    Ira
     
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    :doah: so when the oil runs out so does plastic
     
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    well maybe i am incorrect i would not think they would take oil to make synthetic oil? May someone can elaborate further.
     
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    Found this: "Crude oil is the most common raw material for plastic monomers, Rubner says, because ``it's the most abundant, cheapest, easiest-to-use supply of the organic chemicals you need to make monomers.'' About 4 percent of crude oil turns into plastics." Here: How is plastic made?

    A somewhat more technical discussion can be found at:
    http://www.plasticsresource.com/s_plasticsresource/sec.asp?TRACKID=&CID=126&DID=228
     
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    its butter--no,its chiffon!

    I read somewhere margarine is only 1 molecule away from being plastic!--it was discovered by accident during WW2 when they were looking for a way to make plastic without oil,or something like that..I thought that was weird! :screwy: ...is it Chiffon??--no,its "roatella".. :doah: :eek1: :haha:
     
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    PAO ( poly apha olefin ) synthetic oils such as mobil one / royal purple are made from compressing natural gas molecules into droplets of uniform size. different hydrocarbon chain, but still a hydrocarbon.

    Tom
     
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    I was told that it is regular oil only they do something to it that makes all the molicules the same sizer or something.


    And alot of plastics are made from soybean oil.
     
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    There is something called a group II oil, which is a mineral oil that's been refined and hydrotreated many times over, making the molecules pretty similar. That's how castrol is made, and they won a court fight, being able to call their oil synthetic too, just like the PAO's.

    You also have ester based oils, which are good at absorbing heat, but will also swell your seals. everyone went to PAO because it's cheaper than ester, and of course the group II's are cheaper still. redline is an ester base, and amsoil used to be.

    pretty much any PAO , ester , or mineral basestock blended with solvents and detergents can be called a synthetic nowadays, thanks to the castrol court case. The trick is to study the different types of basestocks, and how they react under combustion temps.

    Tom
     
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    Tom your right on the money here.
     

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