Paraffinic Oils Review

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Paraffinic Oils Review

Paraffinic oils are distinguished by a molecular structure composed of long chains of hydrocarbons, i.e., the hydrogen and carbon atoms are linked in a long linear series similar to a chain. Paraffinic oils contain paraffin wax and are the most widely used base stock for lubricating oils. In comparison with naphthenic oils, paraffinic oils have:

  • Excellent stability (higher resistance to oxidation).
  • Higher pour point.
  • Higher viscosity index.
  • Low volatility and, consequently, high flash points.
  • Low specific gravities.

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