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Número de publicaciónUS3697429 A
Tipo de publicaciónConcesión
Fecha de publicación10 Oct 1972
Fecha de presentación2 Jun 1970
Fecha de prioridad2 Jun 1970
También publicado comoCA969529A1, DE2126952A1, DE2126952C2
Número de publicaciónUS 3697429 A, US 3697429A, US-A-3697429, US3697429 A, US3697429A
InventoresLawrence J Engel, Marvin F Smith
Cesionario originalExxon Research Engineering Co
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Enlaces externos: USPTO, Cesión de USPTO, Espacenet
Lubricant containing low ethylene content and high ethylene content ethylene-alpha-olefin copolymers
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United States Patent 3,697,429 LUBRICANT CONTAINING LOW ETHYLENE CON- TENT AND HIGH ETHYLENE CONTENT ETHYL- ENE-ALPHA-OLEFIN COPOLYMERS Lawrence J. Engel, Green Brook, and Marvin F. Smith, Jr., Matawan, N.J., assignors to Esso Research and Engineering Company No Drawing. Filed June 2, 1970, Ser. No. 42,869 Int. Cl. C10m 1/18 US. Cl. 252-59 11 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE A lubricating oil composition comprising a lubricating oil and a viscosity index improving amount of an oilsoluble polymer composition comprising a first copolymer of ethylene and a C to C higher alpha-olefin having an ethylene content of 50-95 mole percent (40-83 wt. percent), and a second copolymer of ethylene and a C to C higher alpha-olefin having an ethylene content of 5-80 mole percent (3-70 wt. percent), the ethylene content of the first copolymer being at least 5 mole percent (4 wt. percent) more than the ethylene content of the second polymer.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION Field of the invention This invention relates to novel lubricant additives and the preparation thereof. More particularly, it relates to improvement in the viscosity index of lubricating oils by addition thereto of certain polymers.

Description of the prior art As is well known to those skilled in the art, lubricating oils may be evaluated by many criteria each of which relates to the proposed use of the oil. One of the more important of these criteria is the viscosity index which may be determined in standard manner by ASTM Test D567-53. In accordance with this test, the viscosity index (VI) may be calculated; and, as is well known, a low VI signifies a large change in viscosity with change in temperature, while a high VI signifies a small change in viscosity with change in temperature.

It has been found that it is possible to increase the VI of lubricating oils to a satisfactory degree in many cases. Typical of prior art VI improvers are polyisobutylenes, polymethacrylates, copolymers of polymethacrylate esters, copolymers of vinyl esters and fumaric acid esters, polyacrylates, polystyrenes, and terpolymers of polystyrene, methacrylate esters, and nitrogen-containing esters. Other prior art VI improvers may include polymers of ethylene and propylene. Frequently it is found that the presence of these additives in conventionally-formulated lubricating oils undesirably raises the pour point of the lubricating oil to a point which renders the oil less than fully satisfactory at low temperature. This appears to occur, at least in part, because the VI improvers employed interfere With the operation of conventional lubricating oil pour point depressants.

Among the prior art VI improvers is that of Jacobson et al. in US. Pat. No. 3,551,336, issued Dec. 29, 1970, and having an assignee common to that of the instant application. That application teaches the attainment of a haze-free lubricating oil of improved VI by the use of certain ethylene-high alpha olefin polymers containing 60 mole percent-80 mole percent (50-70 wt. percent) ethylene, less than 1.3 wt. percent decane-insoluble polymer, a crystallinity of less than 25%, MW/Mu 4.0, and fiv of l0,000-200,000.

It is an object of this invention to provide a system Patented Oct. 10, 1972 ice which permits attainment of improvement in viscosity index.

Other objects will be apparent to those skilled in the art.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION In accordance with certain of its aspects, the novel lubricating oil composition of this invention may comprise a lubricating oil and contained therein, in amount suflicient to modify the viscosity index of said lubricating oil, a viscosity index improving amount of an oil-soluble polymer composition comprising a first copolymer of ethylene and a C to C alpha-olefin having an ethylene content of 50-95 mole percent (40-83 wt. percent) and a second copolymer of ethylene and a C to C alphaolefin having an ethylene content of 5-80 mole percent (3-70 wt. percent), the ethylene content of the first copolymer being at least 5 mole percent (4 wt. percent) more than the ethylene content of the second copolymer. This permits attainment of lubricating oils of increased viscosity index.

DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION The first copolymer and the second copolymer may be prepared by the copolymerization of ethylene, a C to C higher alpha olefin, and optionally a copolymerizable third monomer.

The higher alpha-olefins which may be used in the preparation of the copolymers used in practice of this invention may include those monomers typically containing from 3 to about 1-8 carbon atoms. The alpha-olefins may be linear, or branched where the branching occurs three or more carbon atoms from the double bond. Wh1le a single olefin is preferable, mixtures of C to C olefins may be employed. Suitable examples of C to C alphaolefins include propylene, l-butene, l-pentene, l-hexene, l-heptene, l-octene, l-nonene, l-decene, 4-methyl-1-pentene, 4-methyl-l-hexene, S-methyl-l-hexene, 4,4-d1methyll-pentene, 4-methyl-l-heptene, 5 methyl 1 heptene, 6-methyl-1-heptene, 4,4-dimethyl-1-hexene, 5,6,5-tr1methyl-l-heptene and mixtures thereof. It is most preferred, however, that the ethylene monomer be copolymenzed with propylene.

Ethylene-propylene copolymers are preferred for the purposes of this invention. It is also possible to use a third monomer which may be one or more of the aforedescribed C to C alpha-olefins and/or C to C diolefins. These unsaturated monomers are also preferably linear, but may be branched where the branching occurs three or more carbon atoms from the double bond, and, while a single olefinic monomer is preferable, mixtures of these olefinic monomers may also be employed. The amount of the third monomer contained in the polymer may range from 0 to about 10 mole percent, e.g., 0.1 to 5.0 mole percent (0-37.0 wt. percent, say 0.3-18.5 wt. percent).

The diolefins which are useful as third monomer for copolymerization with ethylene and propylene include the bicyclic, alicyclic, or aliphatic nonconjugated diolefins containing about 6-28 carbon atoms, preferably about 6-12 carbon atoms. Suitable monomers include 1,5-cyclooctadiene, 1,4-hexadiene, dicyclopentadiene, S-methylene- 2-norbornene, 5-vinyl-2-norbornene, 1,5-cyclodecadiene, 2,4-dimethyl-2,7-octadiene, 3 (Z-methyll-propenyl) cyclopentene, 1,5-octadecadiene, S-ethylidene 2 norbornene, etc.

The copolymer may be a two-component copolymer or a terpolymer.

The copolymers of ethylene and higher alpha olefin which may be employed as the first (high) copolymer and in the second (low) copolymer may be prepared by forming a mixture of the monomer components containing the following components by weight, these being per 100 parts of solvent employed.

100 C., say -10" C.to 70 C., preferably about 30 C. and pressures of -1000 p.s.i.g., preferably 0-300 p.s.i.g.,

In Table I, as elsewhere in this specification, all parts are parts by weight unless otherwise specifically stated.

Mixtures of these monomers may be used, i.e., more than one alpha-olefin and/or more than one diolefin may be employed. Other compatible components, including those which are copolymerizable to form tetrapolymers, may be present, etc.

The. monomer. mixture may be polymerized (either batchwise or continuously) to form the desired polymer in (the presence of a catalytic amount of a catalyst composition containing, a catalyst, 21 compound of a transi-.

tion metal and, as cocatalyst, an organometal compound. Thus, the catalyst composition may typically include:

(a) A compound, preferably a halide, of a transition metal, i.e., a metal of Groups 13 through VIIB and VIII of the Periodic Table and having an atomic number falling within the range of 21-30, 39-48, 57-80, and 80-130. The first category including metals starting with scandium (21) and ending with zinc (30) may be preferred; and titanium,(22) and vanadium (23) may be most preferred. The halide may be a chloride, bromide, or iodide, preferably chloride. The preferred compound may be titanium tetrachloride, vanadium oxychloride, or vanadium tetrachloride.

-(b) An organometalcompound (of a metal of Groups I-A, ll-A, II-B, and III-A), preferably an organoaluminum compound-R"',,,AlX wherein R"" may be hydrocarbon moiety, typically alkyl, aryl, aralkyl, or al'karyl, X is a halogen, and n is an integer 1-3. An organometal compound is one characterized by the presence of at least one carbon-to-metal bond. The preferred metal is aluminum. Typical compounds may be Zn R" Al,

'"gAlXg, and most preferably R AlX g and the preferred compoundmay be diethyl aluminum chloride or triisobutyl aluminum or ethyl aluminum sesquichloride.

The preferred catalyst composition may include 0.00001 to 0.0001 mole, say 0.00005 mole of transition metal halide catalyst and 0.00007-0.0007 mole, say 0.0035 mole of organoaluminum cocatalyst per 100 parts of solvent employed.

Polymerization may be effected to produce first copolymers having a greater ethylene content of 50-95 mole percent (40-83 wt. percent) by passing 0.1-10, say 4.7 parts of ethylene, 0.1-20, say 2.8 parts of alpha olefin, typically propylene, and,0'-1.0, say 0.22 part of diolefin third monomer, typically S-ethylidene-Z-norbornene, when employed, and 4X to 4X10- say 2.35 410- parts of hydrogen into 100 parts of liquid inert-diluentsolvent reaction medium containing vanadium oxytrichloride catalyst and ethyl aluminum sesquichloride cocotalyst in catalytic amounts, i.e., 0.0017 to 0.017, say 0.00865 parts of catalyst and.0.0084-0.084, say 0.042 partsv of cocatalyst per 100 parts of diluent solvent. The nonreactive reaction medium may be an aromatic hydrocarbon such as toluene, a saturated aliphatic hydrocarbon such as heptane, pentane, and hexane, or a chlorohydrocarbon such as tetrachloroethylene. All steps in this reaction should preferably be carried out in the absence of oxygen, moisture, carbon dioxide or other harmful materials. Preferably, all reactants and catalysts may be pure and dry and blanketed with inert gas such as nitrogen or methane.

'During polymerizatiomthe reaction mixture may be agitated and maintained at temp ratures of 40 C. to

say 60 p.s.i.g., during a period of 1-300 minutes, preferably 3-60 minutes, say 15 minutes.

At the end of this period, the reaction mixture may be worked up to separate product copolymer.

In the preferred embodiment the ethylene content of the copolymer may be controlled by varying the mole ratio of ethylene to propylene.

Preparation of the first copolymer (from e.g. 4.7 parts of ethylene, 2.8 parts of higher alpha olefin and 2.35 X10 parts of hydrogen) may be carried out by maintaining this ratio during the reaction at 0.1-10, preferably 0.5 to 4, say 2.5 which will permit attainment of first copolymer having ethylene content of, 50-95 mole percent (40- 83 wt. percent), preferably 60-85 mole percent (SO-79 ,wt. percent), say 75 mole percent (65 wt. percent).

Preparation of the second copolymer (from e.g. 3.0 parts of ethylene, 4.9 parts of higher alpha olefin, and 6x 10- parts of hydrogen) may be carried out by maintaining this ratio during the reaction at 0.01-10, preferably 0.1-4, say 0.9, which will permit attainment of the second copolymer having ethylene content of 5-80 mole percent (3-70 wt. percent), preferably 30-70 mole percent (22-60 wt. percent), say 54 mole percent (44 wt. percent).

The first copolymer used in practice of this invention may be characterized by the following properties:

TABLE 11 Broad Preferred Property range range Typical Ethylene content:

Mole percent 50-95 60-85 75 (Wt. percent) (40-83) (BO-79) (65) Third monomer content:

Mole percent- 0-10 0-5 0 (Wt. percent) (O-37) (0-17. 5) (0) Degree of cryst h 0-25 5-15 8 vX 10' 10-200 20-140 48 MnX 10' 5-100 10-70 10 MwXlO-L 10-800 10-400 400 BTW/Mn..-" 58 6 S0 A specific preferred first copolymer may be that disclosed in Example 1 of United States patent No. 3,551,- 336. This copolymer of ethylene and propylene contains 77 mole percent (69 wt. percent) ethylene.

Other illustrative first copolymers may include the following:

(a) a coplymer of ethylene and propylene containing 75 mole percent ('67 wt. percent) ethylene and prepared at 55 C. and 65 p.s.i.g. by the use of a catalyst composition containing VOCl as catalyst and (C2H5)3A13C13 as ctgcttsalyst, with an ethylene to propylene mole ratio 0 (b) a copolymer of ethylene and propylene containing 72 mole percent (63 wt. percent) ethylene and prepared at 35 C. and 65 p.s.i.g. by the use of a catalyst composi tion containing VOCl as catalyst and (C H Al Cl as cocatalyst, with an ethylene to propylene mole ratio of 2.5;

(c) a copolymer of ethylene and propylene containing 76 mole percent (68 wt. percent) ethylene and prepared at 55 C. and 65 p.s.i.g. by the use of a catalyst composition containing V001 as catalyst and (C H )AlCl as cocatalyst, with an ethylene to propylene mole ratio of 2.5;

(d) a copolymer of ethylene and propylene containing 75 mole percent (67 wt. percent) ethylene and prepared at 55 C. and 65 p.s.i.g. by the use of a catalyst composition containing vanadium tris(acetonylacetate) as catalyst and (C H Al Cl as cocatalyst, with an ethylene to propylene mole ratio of 3.2;

(e) a copolymer of ethylene, propylene, and S-methylene-2-norbornene containing 74 mole percent (64 wt. percent) ethylene, 24 mole percent (35.7 wt. percent) propylene, and 2 mole percent (0.3 wt. percent) S-methylene-Z-norbornene and prepared at 55 C. and 65 p.s.i.g. by the use of a catalyst composition containing VOCl as catalyst and (C H AlCl as cocatalyst, with an ethylene to propylene mole ratio of 2.5.

The second copolymer used in practice of this invention may be characterized by the following properties:

TAB LE III Broad Preferred range range A preferred second copolymer may be that prepared by the copolymerization of ethylene and propylene at 35 C. and 65 p.s.i.g., using VOCl as catalyst and as cocatalyst and with an ethylene to propylene mole ratio of 0.9 and containing 54 mole percent (44 wt. percent) ethylene.

Other illustrative second copolymers may be the following:

(a) a copolymer of ethylene and propylene containing 57 mole percent (41 wt. percent) ethylene and prepared at 55 C. and 65 p.s.i.g. by the use of a catalyst composition containing VOCl as catalyst and (C H Al Cl as cocatalyst, with an ethylene to propylene mole ratio of 0.5;

(b) a copolymer of ethylene and propylene containing 53 mole percent (43 wt. percent) ethylene and prepared at 55 C. and 65 p.s.i.g. by the use of a catalyst composition containing vanadium tris(acetonylacetate) as catalyst and (C H Al Cl as cocatalyst, with an ethylene to propylene mole ratio of 0.8;

(c) a copolymer of ethylene and propylene containing 63 mole percent (53 wt. percent) ethylene and prepared at 55 C. and 65 p.s.i.g. by the use of a catalyst composition containing vanadium tris(acetonylacetate) as catalyst and (C H AlCl as cocatalyst, with an ethylene to propylene mole ratio of 1:1;

(d) a copolymer of ethylene and propylene containing 46 mole percent (36 wt. percent) ethylene and prepared at 55 C. and 65 p.s.i.g. by the use of a catalyst composition containing VOCl as catalyst and (C H A1 Cl as cocatalyst, with an ethylene to propylene mole ratio of 0.2;

(e) a copolymer of ethylene, propylene, and S-methyl- TABLE IV Component Broad Preferred Typical First copolymer 1-99 30-70 5 1-99 30-70 5 2-198 60-140 10 It will be apparent to those skilled in the art that the amount of each copolymer added to the lubricating oil may be dependent upon the properties of the oil (including viscosity, viscosity index, pour point, etc.) and of the copolymers (including ethylene content, etc.).

In the case of each base stock, e.g., lubricating oil, which may be improved by the technique of this invention, it will be found that there is a characteristic modal weight percent ethylene content at which the pour point is a maximum. This may be determined by adding to the base stock a standard quantity (e.g. 0.7 wt. percent) of each of a series of ethylene-propylene copolymers prepared in manner to yield different ethylene contents but otherwise possessing similar properties. If one plots the pour point of the oil as a function of the ethylene content, it will be observed that there is a mode point for each oil at which the pour point is at a maximum. The ethylene content of the polymer at this maximum is the modal weight percent ethylene. Typically, the modal weight percent ethylene may be 36% to 70%, commnoly 40% to 65%, say 54%. This may correspond to 46-78 mole percent, say 50-74 mole percent, say 63 mole percent.

Similarly, it will be observed that on each side of the modal weight percent ethylene, there will be a point at which the pour point of the treated base stock is at a minimum. The lower minimum may commonly be at 25- 60 wt. percent (33-69 mole percent), typically 35-55 wt. percent (45-64 mole percent), say 45 wt. percent (55 mole percent) ethylene; and the upper minimum may commonly be at 58-80 wt. percent (64-86 mole percent), typically 60-75 wt. percent (60-82 mole percent), say 67 wt. percent (75 mole percent) ethylene.

In practice of this invention, the first copolymer will preferably be chosen to have an ethylene content above the modal weight percent ethylene; although this ethylene content may be 40-83 wt. percent (50-95 mole percent), it will more commonly be 50-79 wt. percent (60-85 mole percent) and typically about 62 wt. percent to 70 wt. percent (71-78 mole percent).

Similarly, the second copolymer will preferably be chosen to have an ethylene content below the modal Weight percent ethylene; although this ethylene content may be 5 wt. percent to wt. percent (3-70 mole percent), it will more commonly be 22 wt. percent to 60 wt. percent (30-70 mole percent) and typically about 40 wt. percent to 55 Wt. percent (50-64 mole percent).

The relative amount of first copolymer and second copolymer may preferably be such that the weight average of the ethylene content of the amounts of first copolymer and of second copolymer may be Within 5-10 wt. percent (i.e., 4-8 mole percent) of the modal weight percent ethyleneand preferably at about the modal weight percent ethylene. Preferably, the ethylene content of the first and second copolymers may differ by at least about 5-20 wt. percent, say 10 wt. percent (i.e., 4-16 mole percent), i.e., the ethylene content of the first polymer may preferably be at least 5-20 wt. percent, say 10 wt. percent higher than (and typically, 5-50 wt. percent or 4-40 mole perand second copolymers are added to lubricating oils (preferably containing a pour point depressant) as so indicated in amount sufficient to modify the VI of the oil (i.e.,

in viscosity index-improving amount) of only .0.01-5.0'

wt. percent say 0.7 wt percent that'the viscosity index of the oil may be increased by 5% to 50%, say 25%, and that pour. point may actually remain essentially constant in most instances.

It is a feature of this" invention that it may be possible to prepare polymer compositions containing 1 to 99 parts of a first copolymer andrl to 99 parts of secondcopolymer and add these directly to the base stock to be treated. In accordance with certain of its preferred aspects, it is a feature of this invention that the first copolymer and the second copolymer may be pre-blended in a diluent-solvent. Typical diluent-solvents may include toluene, hexane, heptane, isooctane, lubricating oils, etc.

Such pre-blends may contain the following:

TABLE IV Broad range Preferred Typical Component The polymers of the invention can be employed alone in lubricant compositions or they can be employed in combination with other viscosity index improvers. If desired, the polymers may be employed in combination with other additives, for example, pour point depressants;-ashless dispersants such as thereaction product of polyisobutenyl succinic anhydride with tetraethylene pentamine; detergent type additives, such as barium nonyl phenol sulfide, calcium tertiaryamylphenol sulfide, nickel oleate, barium octadecylate, calcium phenol stearate, zinc di-isopropyl salicylate, aluminum naphthenate, calcium cetyl. 1 phosphates, barium di-tertiaryamylphenol sulfide, calcium petroleum sulfonate, zinc methylcyclohexyl thiophosphate and calcium dichlorostearate; etc. It is. contemplated that the invention polymers can be blended with other polymers so as to impart various desired properties thereto.

It is a feature of this invention that significant improvement in VI may be achieved without undesirable efliect on pour point'when the additive system is; present in base stock.- It visa particular feature, however, that lubricating oils containing pour point depressants may be unexpectedly treated in manner to yield significant increase in V1 with little or no adverse etfect on pour point.

The lubricating oils which may be particularly improved by the technique of ;this invention may include the following:

(a) Midcontinent-having a +15 F. pour point; (b) Midcontinent having a 0 F. pour point; (c) Pennsylvania having a 0 F. pour point; (d) West Coast having a +15 F. pour point.

The benefits of the novel technique of this invention may be particularly noted when the lubricating oil contains pour point depressant compositions, typically in amount of 0 wt. percent to 1.0 Wt. percent, say 0.7 wt. percent. Illustrative pour point depressants which may be present in the compositions of this invention may include:

(a) Alkylated naphthalenesi.e., naphthalenes which have been alkylated with e. g. chlorinated paraflinic waxes by use of Friedel Crafts-type catalysts typified by those set forth in US. Pats. 1,815,022; 2,062,354; 2,087,682; and 2,174,246;

(b) Polymers (including copolymers) of n-al kyl methacrylates typified by those set forth in US. Pat. 2,710,842;

(c) Polymers (including copolymers) of n-alkyl acrylates;

(d) Copolymers of di-n-alkyl fumarate and vinyl acetatetypified by those set forth in U.S. Pat. 3,048,479;

(e) Copolymers of alpha-olefins;

(f) Copolymers of terpolymers of alpha olefins and styrene and/or alkyl styrenes; etc.

Although it is possible to achieve by practice of this invention improved (with little or no undesirable effect on pour point and commonly with decrease in pour point) of oils which contain no pour point depressant, it is unexpected that when pour point depressant is present that it is possible to achieve desired increase in VI without any diminution (and frequently with augmentation) of the advantages obtained by the pour point depressant.

In practice of the process of this invention, theremay be employed as a base stock, lubricating oil Solvent, 150 N having the following properties (all viscosity measurements are in Saybolt Universal SecondsSUS--unless otherwise indicated) 1 VI as determined by AS'IM Test D-56753. 2 Pour Point as determined by ASTM Test 13-97.

A typical lubricating oil composition containing an additive package, including a pour point depressant, which may be treated by this invention may be as follows:

TABLE VII (i-) 92.5 wt. percent of LP Solvent 150 Na low pour solvent-refined Midcontinent hydrocarbon lube base stock characterized by viscosity of 150-160 SUS at F.,

a VI of 105, and a pour point of about 0 F.

(ii) 4.5 wt. percent ashless dispersant containing the condensation product of 1 mole of tetraethylenepentamine and 2.8 moles of polyisobutenyl succinimide in a 50 wt. percent solution in LP Solvent N;

(iii) 1.0 wt. percent of a 75% concentrate in lube oil diluent of antioxidant-antiwear agent containing zinc salts of the reaction product of P 8 and C -C aliphatic alcohols;

(iv) 1.5 wt. percent of detergent anti-rust agent containing overbased calcium sulfonate concentrate (in lubricating oil) of about 300 base number containing about 11.4 wt. percent total calcium and derived from alkyl aromatic sulfonic acids of about 420 molecular weight (as the sodium salt);

(v) 0.5 wt. percent of pour depressant containing a 50- 50 wt. percent mixture of (a) The condensation product having a molecular weight of about 2000 of (1) naphthalene and .(2) a 123 F. softening point wax chlorinated to about 23%, the condensation elfected in the presence of AlCl and (b) The condensation product of equimolar amounts of a di(C -C even-numbered carbon alkyl) fumarate and vinyl acetate having a molecular. weight of about 15,000.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS 'In this example, which represents practice of one embodiment of the process of this invention, the copolymers may be both ethylene-propylene copolymers prepared from ethylene and propylene which may be purified by contact at 150 C. with copper oxide and molecular sieves. Solvent n-heptane may be purified by passage through a bed of alumina and silica gel; and charge hydrogen may be dried by passage through a bed of silica gel. All reactants may be maintained pure, dry, and anaerobic.

Polymerization may be carried out in a reactor equipped with monomer inlet conduit, catalyst inlet conduit, cocatalyst inlet conduit, solvent inlet conduit, hydrogen inlet conduit, reflux condenser, stirring means, temperature control jacket, and product recovery outlet. The reactor may preferably be also equipped with means to continuously control the rates of addition of monomers, hydrogen, solvent, catalyst, and cocatalyst-and to provide a blanket of dry nitrogen.

To prepare the first copolymer of this embodiment, 4.7 parts of ethylene, 2.8 parts of propylene and 2.35 10-' parts of hydrogen may be admitted to the reaction vessel together with 100 parts of diluent-solvent n-heptane, 0.0094 parts of vanadium oxychloride VOCl catalyst and 0.034 parts of ethyl aluminum sesquichloride. The catalyst composition was characterized by a molar ratio of Al/V of 5.0.

After the effective residence time of 20 minutes, product stream may be recovered and steam distilled to yield a solvent-free crude product which may then be dried to yield a product having the properties set forth in Table VIII.

The second copolymer of this embodiment may be prepared in manner similar to that in which the first copolymer may be prepared except that the amount of ethylene may be 3.0 parts and the propylene 4.9 parts and the hydrogen may be maintained at 6 10- parts.

Product second copolymer may be recovered having the properties as set forth in Table VI.

T gqiscpsity Index as determined by ASTM D-567 in Reference Oil of Thickening Efficiency is the ratio of wt. percent polyisobutylene (20000 Staudinger mol. wt.) required to thicken the Reference Oil of Table VII to a viscosity of 12.4 centistokes (cs.) at 210 F./wt. percent ethylene-propylene copolymer required to thicken the Reference Oil of Table VII to the same viscosity.

EXAMPLE 2 In this experimental example, 0.7 parts total of a 5050 wt. percent mixture of the first copolymer and of the second copolymer of Table VIII may be employed. This mixture, containing 54 wt. percent ethylene (equivalent to a modal wt. percent of 56.5%) may be added to 100 parts of the Reference Oil of Table VII. The VI of the product mix may be found to be 135 and the pour point may be found to be --25 F.

EXAMPLE 3 In this control example, the procedure of Example 2 was followed except that the additive was 0.7 part of a single copolymer. The copolymer was prepared by the process used to prepare the first polymer of Table IX except that the ethylenezpropylene mole ratio was modified to yield a product containing 54 wt. percent ethylene. The VI of the product mix may be found to be 135 and the pour point may be found to be 0 F.

TABLE IX VI Pour point Reference oil 115 25 F. Example 2 (invention) 25 F. Example 3 (control) 0 F.

'From the above examples, it will be apparent that use of the novel product of this invention (Example 2) permitted an increase in VI (of 20) to a value of 135 and desirably no change in pour point.

From Example 2, it will be apparent that addition of a comparable single polymer increased the viscosity index to 135 but undesirably increased the pour point .(by 25 F.) to a value of 0 F.

-It is unexpetced that one should be able to increase the viscosity index by such a significant amonut, by practice of this invention, without change in pour point.

EXAMPLE 4 In this experimental example, 0.7 part total of a 66-34 wt. percent mixture of the first copolymer and of the second copolymer of Table VIII may be employed. This mixture, containing 57.3 wt. percent ethylene, may be added to parts of the base stock of Table VII. The VI of the product mix may be found to be and the pour point may be found to be 25 F.

EXAMPLE 5 In this control example, the procedure of Example 2 was followed except that the additive was 0.7 part of a single copolymer containing 57.3 wt. percent ethylene. The copolymer was prepared by the process used to prepare the polymer of Table VIII except that the ethylene: propylene mole ratio was modified to yield a product containing 57 .3 wt. percent ethylene. The VI of the product mix may be found to be 135 and the pour point may be found to be -10 F.

From the above examples, it will be apparent that addition of the novel product of this invention (Example 4) permitted an increase in VI of 20 to a value of 135 with no change in the pour point.

From Example 5, it will be apparent that addition of a comparable single polymer increased the viscosity index to 135 but undesirably increased the pour point (by 15 F.) to 10" F.

It is unexpected that one should be able to increase the viscosity index by such a significant amount and simultaneously, by practice of this invention, maintain the desired pour point with no change.

EXAMPLE 6 Results comparable to the above may be attained when one uses as the first copolymer (in place of the first copolymer of Example 2) the following:

(a) The ethylene-propylene copolymer A of U8. patent No. 3,551,336 prepared by copolymerization of ethylene and propylene in the presence of hydrogen using vanadium oxychloride catalyst and ethyl aluminum sesquichloride cocatalyst and containing 76 mole percent (68 wt. percent) ethylene.

(b) The ethylene-propylene copolymer B of US. patent No. 3,551,336 prepared by copolymerization of ethylene and propylene in the presence of hydrogen using vanadium tetrachloride catalyst and ethyl aluminum sesquichloride cocatalyst and containing 77 mole percent (69 wt. percent) ethylene.

(c) The ethylene-propylene copolymer C of U5. patent No. 3,551,336 prepared by copolymerization of ethylene and propylene in the presence of hydrogen using vanadium tetrachloride catalyst and diethyl aluminum chloride as cocatalyst and containing 77 mole percent (69 wt. percent) ethylene.

(d) The ethylene-propylene copolymer prepared by copolymerization of ethylene and propylene in the presence of hydrogen using V001 catalyst and (C H )Al Cl cocatalyst and containing 90 mole percent (86 wt. percent) ethylene.

The copolymer containing 74 mole percent ('64 wt. percent) ethylene, 24 mole percent (35.7 wt. percent) propylene, and 2 mole percent (0.3 wt. percent) S-methylene-Z-norbornene prepared from the noted monomers in the presence of hydrogen at 55 C. and '65 p.s.i.g. using VOCl as catalyst and (C H AlCl as cocatalyst.

EXAMPLE 7 Results comparable to the above may be attained when one uses as the second copolymer (in place of the second copolymer of Example 1) the following:

(a) A copolymer of ethylene and propylene containing 57 mole percent (41 wt. percent) ethylene and prepared at 55 C. and 65 p.s.i.g. by the use of a catalyst composition containing VOC1 as catalyst and as cocatalyst, with an ethylene: propylene mole ratio of 0.5.

(b) A copolymer of ethylene and propylene containing 53 mole percent (43 wt. percent) ethylene and prepared at 55 C. and -65 p.s.i.g. by the use of a catalyst composition containing vanadium tris(acetonylacetate) as catalyst and v(C H Al Cl as cocatalyst, with an ethylene to propylene mole ratio of 0.8.

(c) A copolymer of ethylene, propylene, and S-methylene-2-norbornene containing 50 mole percent (40 wt. percent) ethylene, 48 mole percent (59.7 wt. percent) propylene, and2 mole percent (0.3 wt. percent) S-methylene-Z-norbornene and prepared at 55 C. and 65 p.s.i.g. by the use of a catalyst composition containing VOCl as catalyst and (C H AlCl as cocatalyst with an ethylene to propylene mole ratio of 0.9.

Generally speaking, the inventionis particularly useful when the oil contains 0.05 to 2.0 wt. percent of a lube oil pour depressant. These pour depressants commonly have a molecular weight (Staudinger) of 1,000 to 50,000 and usually are characterized by straight chain alkyl groups having 6-18 carbon atoms attached as side chains to a hydrocarbon nucleus. In one common type, the nucleus may be a polymethylene backbone or an aromatic or naphthalene group with the alkyl side chains directly attached to carbon atoms of said nucleus (e.g., copolymers of the alpha olefins or alkylated naphthalenes). In another type the alkyl groups will be linked to the nucleus through ether or ester linkages (e.g., copolymers of dialkyl fumarates and vinyl acetate).

Although this invention has been illustrated by reference to specific embodiments, it will be apparent to those skilled in the art that various changes and modifications may be made which clearly fall within the scope of this invention.

What is claimed is:

1. A lubricating oil composition comprising a major amount of mineralv lubricating oil containing a pour point depressant, and a viscosity index improving amount of an oil soluble polymer mixture comprising:

(1) about 1-99 parts by weight of a first copolymer consisting essentially of 60-80 mole percent of ethylene, a C -C alpha olefin, and 0 to 10 mole percent of a third monomer, said third monomer being a C -C aliphatic or alicyclic nonconjugated diolefin, said first copolymer having a content of less than about 1.3% by Weight of a polymer fraction which is insoluble in normal decane at 45 C., a degree of crystallinity of less than about 25 weight percent, a viscosity average molecular weight of about 10,000- (C)1,000, and an fiw/Mn ratio less than about 4; an

(2) about 1-99 parts by weight of a second copolymer consisting essentially of 30-70 mole percent of ethylene, a C -C alphaolefin, and 0-10 mole percent of a third monomer,v said third monomer being a C -C alpha olefin or a C -C aliphatic or alicyclic nonconjugated diolefin, said second copolymer having a degree of crystallinity of 0-25 weight percent, a viscosity average molecular weight of 10,000-400,- 000, and an MW/fin ratio not greater than 8;

(3) said first copolymer having an ethylene content 12 greater than the ethylene content which gives 'a maximum pour point of said composition, and said second copolymer having an ethylene content less than the ethylene content which gives a maximum pour point of said composition;

(4) said first copolymer having an ethylene content at least 5 mole percent greater than said second copolymer, and said first and second copolymers being produced by separate polymerizations.

2. A lubricating oil composition as claimed in claim 1 wherein said C -C alpha-olefin is propylene.

3. A lubricating oil composition as claimed in claim 1 wherein at least one of said copolymers is a terpolymer.

4. A lubricating oil composition as claimed in claim 1 wherein said oil-soluble polymer composition is present in amount of 0.015.0 wt. percent in said lubricating oil.

5. A lubricating oil, composition according to claim 1 in which'said second copolymer has an ethylene content of 30-70 mole percent, a degree of crystallinity of 0-15% and an Hw/Mn ratio not greater than 6.

6. A lubricating oil composition according to claim 1 in which the C -C alpha olefin in said first and second complymers is propylene and the third monomer content in said first and second copolymers is zero.

7; A lubricating oil composition according to claim 1 containing 30-70 parts by weight of said first copolymer and 30-70 parts by weight of said second copolymer.

8. A concentrate according to claim 7 in which said mineral diluent-solventvis present in an amount of 700- 3500 parts by weight, said first copolymer is present in an amount of 30-70 parts by weight, and, said second copolymer is present in an amount of 30-70 parts by weight.

9. An oil soluble concentrate adapted to be added to a mineral lubricating oil containing a pour point depressant in order to improve the viscosity index thereof, said concentrate comprising a mineral diluent solvent and an oil soluble copolymer mixture comprising:

(1) about 1-99 parts by weight of a first copolymer consisting essentially of 60-80 mole percent of ethylene, a C -C alpha olefin, and 0 to 10 mole percent of a third monomer, said third monomer being a C -C alpha olefin or a (I -C aliphatic or alicyclic nonconjugated diolefin, said first copolymer having a content of less than about 1.3% by weight of a. polymer fraction which is insoluble in normal decane at 45 C., a degree of crystallinity of less than about 25 weight percent, a viscosity average molecular weight of about 10,000-200,000, and an fiw/M n ratio less than about 4; and

(2) about 1-99 parts by weight of a second copolymer consisting essentially of 30-70 mole percent of ethylene, a C -C alpha olefin, and-O-lO mole percent of a third monomer, said third monomer being a C -C aliphatic or alicyclic nonconjugated diolefin, said second copolymer having a degree of crystallinity of 0-25 weight percent, a viscosity average molecular Weight of 10,0O0400,000, and an fiw/fin ratio not greater than 8;

(3) said first copolymer having an ethylene content greater than the ethylene content which gives a maximum pour point of said composition, and said second copolymer having an ethylene content less than the ethylene content which gives a maximum pour point of said composition;

(4) said first copolymer having an ethylene content atleast 5 mole percent greater than said second copolymer, and said first and second copolymers being produced by separate polymerizations. 10. An oil-soluble concentrate adapted to be used as a viscosity index modifier for a lubricating oil as claimed in claim 9 wherein said diluent-solventis a liquid miscible with said lubricating oil.

11. A concentrate according to claim 9 in which said second coplymer has an ethylene content of 30-70 mole percent, a degree of crystallinity of 11-15%, and an fiw/Mn ratio not greater than 6.

References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS Kresge et a1. 25259 Sweeney et a1. 25259 Jacobson et a1. 25259 X Martinovich 260--897 A 14 FOREIGN PATENTS 153,571 8/1968 France.

DANIEL E. WYMAN, Pn'mary Examiner 5 w. H. CANNON, Assistant Examiner US. Cl. X.R. 260-896, 897 A ERTIFICATE Fcoaancrrorq Patent No. 3,697,429 Dated October 10, 1972 Inventor(s) Lawrence J. Engel and Marvin F. Smith, Jr.

It is certified that error appears in the above-identified patent and that said Letters Patent are hereby corrected as shown below:

- '1 Column 6,, lines 12-17, in Table IV, the values n -the column headed "Typical? should be as follows:

TXE' ic'al First Copolymer 1 50 Second Copolymer 50 Total v 100 Column "9, line 34, 'VI" shouldread VIII -el Column 12, line 15, "composition" should be -mixture-. Column l2, I line '23 '-'complymers" should be copolymers--.

Column 12, line 28, claim 8 should beienumbered -'9-- same line, claim reference numeral "7" should read -8-.

Column 12, line 33, claim 9 should be renumbered -8-.

Column 12, lines 72 and 74, claim reference numeral "9" should read -8-.

Column 12, line 75, "coplymer" should be .-copolymer.

Signed and sealed this 20th day of November 1973.

(SEAL) Attest:

EDWARD M.FLETCHER,JR. RENE D. TEGTIIJIEYER Attesting Officer v Acting Commissioner of Patents

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