Petroleum Chemistry

, Volume 58, Issue 3, pp 250–257 | Cite as

Thermal Degradation of Aviation Synthetic Lubricating Base Oil

  • Nan Wu
  • Zhimin Zong
  • Yiwei Fei
  • Jun Ma
  • Feng Guo


The thermal degradation, under oxidative pyrolysis conditions, of two synthetic lubricating base oils, poly-α-olefin (PAO) and di-ester (DE), was investigated. The main objective of the study was to characterize their behavior in simulated “areo-engine” conditions, i.e. compared the thermal stability and identified the products of thermal decomposition as a function of exposure temperature. Detailed characterizations of products were performed with Fourier transform infrared spectrometry (FTIR), gas chromatography/ mass spectrometry (GC/MS), viscosity experiments and four-ball tests. The results showed that PAO had the lower thermal stability, being degraded at 200°C different from 300°C for DE. The degradation also effected the tribological properties of lubricating oil. Several by-products were identified during the thermal degradation of two lubricants. The majority of PAO products consisted of alkanes and olefins, while more oxygen-containing organic compounds were detected in DE samples according to the observation of GC/MS analysis. The related reaction mechanisms were discussed according to the experimental results.


synthetic lubricating oil poly-α-olefin di-ester thermal stability viscosity degradation tribological properties 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nan Wu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Zhimin Zong
    • 1
  • Yiwei Fei
    • 2
  • Jun Ma
    • 2
  • Feng Guo
    • 2
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Coal Processing and Efficient Utilization, Ministry of EducationChina University of Mining and TechnologyJiangsu, XuzhouChina
  2. 2.Department of Aviation Oil and MaterialAir Force Logistics InstituteJiangsu, XuzhouChina

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