Helping Cars Run Longer: Texalene Enhances Oil and Fuel Performance While Reducing the Creation of Harmful Derivatives

All common engine oils come with a variety of additives already incorporated in the base oil. These additives are sold to consumers as necessary ingredients to enhance oil performance and protect engine life. More specifically, these additives claim to remove sludge, contaminants, and other impurities from metal surfaces, neutralize acids produced in the engine to prevent corrosion, and of course, lubricate the engine with the aid of viscosity and friction modifiers.

While this certainly sounds like a collection of benefits you would want in an engine oil, components of detergents, dispersants, VOCs, and other chemical compounds can have detrimental impacts on your engine and the environment, creating the need for additional maintenance rather than providing it. For example, anti-wear additives will inevitably enter the combustion chamber and leave behind an ash-like material which accumulates in deposits in and around the piston ring, leading to frictional wear on the cylinder liner and not allowing the piston rings to operate freely.

Texalene products from Bercen are sulfur free, ashless fuel and lubricant additives that combine the flexibility of alkenyl succinic anhydride (ASA) with the benefits of several ASA derivative molecules. Corrosion inhibiting and low VOC, Texalene products are engineered to truly enhance oil and fuel performance while at the same time reducing the creation of harmful derivatives and toxicity levels. With many additional applications, such as an intermediate for detergents and dispersants, lubricant, and epoxy curing agent, Texalene products are as versatile as they are effective.

In 1997, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enacted strict emissions standards for nitrogen oxide and particulate emissions. The standards required the reduction of nitrogen oxide emissions to 0.2 gram per brake horsepower hour (g/bhp-hr) and particulate emissions to 0.01 g/bhp-hr by 2010. In addition to these rules, the EPA also lowered the limits on the sulfur levels in diesel fuel for both on and off highway applications. As a result, OEMs were challenged to produce emission control systems to meet these stricter standards and also ensure durability, prevent catalyst poisoning and particulate filter blocking, while still offering optimum protection against piston deposits, oxidative thickening, oil consumption, high temperature stability, soot handling properties, foaming, and viscosity loss. Being sulfur free, Bercen’s Texalene aids in meeting the EPA standards.

Beyond the problems that sulfur ash from detergents can cause, inorganic compounds can oxidize during combustion, resulting in metal oxide particles that can collect on the diesel particulate filter. As these particles accumulate, a filter blockage forms that increases back pressure to the engine, increasing fuel consumption, decreasing power, and necessitating more frequent filter cleanings. Texalene products take care of this problem, too.

With over 35 years of experience in manufacturing ASA and ASA derivatives, Bercen offers industry-leading research and development, precision analytics, and large scale production resources to its partners. We collaborate with our customers as partners in innovation to enhance projects and support sustainable growth. As such, our Texalene products can be converted into a variety of value-added products including salts, amides, acids, and esters.

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