Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.


  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS3752657 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 14, 1973
Filing dateApr 26, 1971
Priority dateApr 26, 1971
Publication numberUS 3752657 A, US 3752657A, US-A-3752657, US3752657 A, US3752657A
InventorsW Richardson
Original AssigneeChevron Res
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Nonionic surfactant as a demulsifier for amine containing fuel detergents
US 3752657 A
Previous page
Next page
Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

3,752,657 NONIONIC SURFACTANT AS A DEMULSIFIER FOR AMINE CONTAINING FUEL DETERGENTS Wallace L. Richardson, Lafayette, Calif., assignor to Chevron Research Company, San Francisco, Calif. No Drawing. Continuation-impart of abandoned application Ser. No. 811,648, Mar. 28, 1969. This application Apr. 26, 1971, Ser. No. 137,707

Int. Cl. C] J/18, 1/22 US. Cl. 44--72 5 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE Distillate fuels having hydrocarbon polyamine fuel detergents in combination with a polyalkylene modified methylene bridged poly(alkylphenol) have improved water tolerance.

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS This is a continuation-in-part of US. application Ser. No. 811,648, filed Mar. 28, 1969, now abandoned.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION Field of the invention Distillate fuels, such as gasoline and jet fuels, are compounded with a variety of additives. Recently, there has been a concerted effort to provide detergent additives which not only maintain the carburetor clean, but also the manifold ports and valves. Because of the detergent nature of these additives, water tolerance problems have arisen. By water tolerance is intended the rate of separation after agitation, between an aqueous phase and the organic phase, and the retention of water in the organic phase, so as to retain a hazy appearance.

Description of the prior art The fuel detergents are described in US. Pat. No. 3,438,757, issued Apr. 15, 1969'.

In US. Pat. No. 2,854,428 is disclosed a wide variety of alkylphenol-formaldehyde reaction products modified with alkyleneoxy groups. Numerous patents are referred to in the aforesaid patent providing a bibliography of the revelant patent literature.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION Liquid hydrocarbon distillate fuel compositions are provided comprising a hydrocarbonaceous distillate fuel boiling in the gasoline range containing an aliphatic hydrocarbon substituted ethylene polyamine of from 2 to 3 amine nitrogen atoms, wherein the aliphatic hydrocarbon group is of from about 1,000 to 2,000 molecular weight, and a small amount of the polyalkyleneoxy modified poly- (alkylphenol)-formaldehyde low order polymer, which compositions demonstrate excellent Water tolerance.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS The compositions of this invention have three elements: a hydrocarbon distillate fuel boiling in the gasoline range; a fuel detergent having a long chain aliphatic hydrocarbon group bonded to an ethylene polyamine; and a polyalkyleneoxy modified poly(alkylphenol)-formaldehyde low order polymer as a demulsifier.

FUEL DETERGENT The fuel detergent is an aliphatic hydrocarbon substituted ethylene polyamine having an aliphatic hydrocarbon United States Patent 0 group of from about 1,000, more usually 1,200 to 2,000 molecular weight. The ethylene polyamine will have from 2 to 3 amine nitrogen atoms separated by ethylene groups, i.e., ethylene diamine and diethylene triamine. The fuel detergent will for the most part have the following formula:

wherein R is an aliphatic hydrocarbon group of from about 1,000 to 2,000 molecular weight, n is a number in the range of 1 to 2 and n is an integer of from 0 to 1.

The aliphatic hydrocarbon group is branched chain having at least one branch per 4 carbon atoms along the chain, the branch being of from 1 to 2 carbon atoms, preferably methyl. Preferred aliphatic hydrocarbon groups are polypropenyl or polyisobutenyl. Usually, the aliphatic hydrocarbon group will be substantially free of aliphatic unsaturation, normally having from 0 to 2 sites of ethylenic unsaturation, more usually 1 site.

The number of polyisobutenyl groups per molecule will usually range on the average from 1 to 1.5, more usually from about 1 to 1.2.

In the fuel, the concentration of the detergent will generally be at least p.p.m. and usually not more than 750 p.p.m. more usually in the range from about to 500 p.p.m. In concentrates, the detergent will generally be from about 1 to 50 weight percent, more usuall from about 5 to 30 weight percent.

ETHYLENEOXY MODIFIED METHYLENE BRIDGED POLYPHENOL Turning now to a consideration of the demulsifier. The demulsifier will generally have the following formula:

wherein U is alkylene of from 2 to 3 carbon atoms (ethylene, trimethylene, or 1,2-propylene), preferably ethylene, there being at least 2 carbon atoms between the oxygen atoms, m is on the average in the range of 4 to 10, more usually 5 to 8, at least about 80 number percent of the alkyleneoxy chains being within the range specified, and m is on the average in the range of 4 to 10, more usually 5 to 8. The terminal groups have either hydrogen or methylol in the ortho position. T is an alkyl group of from 4 to 15 carbon atoms, more usually of from 6 to 12 atoms, which may be branched or straight chain. T may be bonded to the annular carbon of the phenol ring either at a terminal or internal carbon atom of T. Preferably in any one composition, T will be a mixture of alkyl groups of from 4 to 12 carbon atoms. The average number of carbon atoms for T will generally be in the range of 6 to 10.

Illustrative alkyl substituents are: isobutyl, diisobutyl, hexyl, octyl, nonyl, tripropylene, dipropylene, etc.

The amount of the demulsifier used in the fuel composition would generally be at least 0.01 p.p.m. and usually not more than about 50 p.p.m., preferably in the range of about 5 to 30 p.p.m. 'In concentrates, the concentration of the demulsifier may range from about 1,000 p.p.m. to 1 weight percent.

3 FUELS The fuels employed are compositions comprising straight chain paraflins, branched chain paraifins, olefins, aromatic hydrocarbons and naphthenic hydrocarbons. These fuels will generally have initial boiling points of about 100 F. and final boiling points of about 425 F. (ASTM D-86). The specifications for conventional gasolines are set forth in ASTM D-43960T. The fuel components may be derived by any of the conventional refining and blending processes, such as straight run distillation, thermal cracking, hydrocracking, catalytic cracking and various reforming processes. Synthetic fuels are also included. Preferred fuels have from 20 to 50 volume percent aromatic content.

EXAMPLES In order to demonstrate the effectiveness of the combination of a hydrocarbon substituted ethylene diamine plus the polyalkyleneoxy modified poly(alkylphenol)- formaldehyde as to their water tolerance the following tests were carried out: 80 ml. of a fuel containing the appropriate additives was shaken manually for one minute with 20 ml. of water in a graduated cylinder. After two minutes settling time, the sample was observed to determine the number of milliliters of emulsion and the haziness of the fuel haze. Haziness is based on an arbitrary rating of 1-5 :1, bright and clear; 5, very hazy. This observation is repeated every two minutes for a total of five readings. The following table indicates the results obtained with exemplary compositions when shaken with water obtained from the bottom of two different storage tanks in normal use in a refinery. The milliliters of free water is 20 when the milliliters of emulsion have been reduced to zero. Zero milliliters of emulsion signifies that all the water has separated cleanly from the fuel.

11-400 p.p.m. of polyisobutenyl ethylene diamine (polyisobutenyl of about 1,200 weight average molecular weight) and 1,600 ppm. of a light lubricating oil in a simulated commercially available premium fuel. The specifications of the fuel are as follows: Boiling range (ASTM D8667): initial, 96 F.; 50%, 204 F.; 90%, 351 F. BFuel A plus p.p.1n. of an ethyleneoxy modified alkylphenolionnaldehyde polymer having an average of five alkylphenol groups and an average of six ethyleneoxy groups per phenol. The alkyl group has an average of eight carbon atoms, being in the range of 4 to 12 carbon atoms.

2 a-Water taken from a first refinery fuel storage tank bottom. 1)- Water taken from a second refinery fuel storage tank bottom.

To further demonstrate the excellent water tolerance of the compositions of this invention, an additional test was carried out. In this test 300 ml. of the fuel and 3 ml. of synthetic sea water are mixed at 13,000 r.p.m. for 30 seconds in a Waring Blendor. After 20 hours settling time, the samples are observed for haze and emulsion. The haze rating is arbitrarily defined on a scale of 1-5 as described above.

4 TABLE II Demulsifier Haze rating P.p.m

The fuel composition contains 400 p.p.m. of polyisobutenyl ethylene diamine (polyisobutenyl of about 1,200 Weight average molecular weight) in a simulated commercially avaiL able premium fuel. The specifications of the fuel are: Boiling g%11%eF(ASTl\/I D-86-67) initial, 96 F.; 50%, 204 F.;

The demulsifier is the same one as specified in Fuel B, Table I,

It is evident from the results of the foregoing tables that by incorporating the polyisobutylene substituted ethylene diamines as detergents in combination with the alkyleneoxy modified low order phenol formaldehyde polymers, the combination provides a composition having excellent water tolerance.

I claim:

1. A liquid hydrocarbon distillate fuel boiling in the gasoline range having in an amount to provide detergency an aliphatic hydrocarbon substituted ethylene polyamine of from 2 to 3 nitrogen atoms, wherein the aliphatic group is of from about 1,000 to 2,000 molecular weight and from about 0.01 to 50 weight parts per million parts of said fuel of a demulsifier which is a rpolyalkyleneoxy modified (alkylphenol)-formaldehyde condensation product of the formula:

wherein U is alkylene of from 2 to 3 carbon atoms, m is on the average in the range of 4 to 10, m is on the average in the range of 4 to 10 and T is an alkyl group of from 4 to 15 carbon atoms.

2. A composition according to claim 1, wherein U is ethylene.

3. A composition according to claim 1, wherein said aliphatic hydrocarbon group is polyisobutylene.

4. A composition according to claim 3, wherein said ethylene polyamine is ethylene diamine.

5. The composition defined in claim 1 wherein said aliphatic hydrocarbon substituted ethylene polyamine is a polyisobutylene substituted ethylene diamine and wherein said demulsifier is a polyethyleneoxy modified poly(alkylphenol)-formaldehyde condensation product.

References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,499,367 3/1950 DeGroote et a1 252 -331 3,424,565 1/ 1969 Ptacek et a1 4462 3,438,757 4/1969 Honnen et al. 4472 X DANIEL E. WYMAN, Primary Examiner W. J. SHINE, Assistant Examiner U.S. Cl. X.R. 4478

Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US3951614 *Mar 15, 1973Apr 20, 1976Chevron Research CompanyFuel detergents
US4022589 *Oct 17, 1974May 10, 1977Phillips Petroleum CompanyFuel additive package containing polybutene amine and lubricating oil
US4116644 *Jan 31, 1977Sep 26, 1978Jackisch Philip FCarburetor detergent
US4128403 *Jun 29, 1976Dec 5, 1978Chevron Research CompanyFuel additive for distillate fuels
US4269606 *Aug 23, 1978May 26, 1981Phillips Petroleum CompanyComprising a solution of the products obtained by reacting a polyamine and a triglyceryl vegetable oil; antideposit agents for internal combustion engines; detergent packages
US4344771 *Mar 10, 1981Aug 17, 1982Phillips Petroleum CompanyDetergents, antideposit agents
US4504280 *Jun 27, 1984Mar 12, 1985Phillips Petroleum CompanyFuel additives from SO2 treated mixtures of amides and esters derived from vegetable oil, tall oil acid, or aralkyl acid
US7026363Feb 9, 2002Apr 11, 2006Clariant GmbhAlkoxylated polyglycerols and their use as demulsifiers
WO1990010051A1 *Feb 20, 1990Sep 7, 1990Union Oil CoFuel composition for control of intake valve deposits
WO2002040563A1 *Nov 2, 2001May 23, 2002Clariant GmbhResins comprised of alkyl phenols and of glyoxylic acid derivatives, and their use as demulsifiers
U.S. Classification44/432, 44/443
International ClassificationC10L1/22, C10L1/18, C10L1/14
Cooperative ClassificationC10L1/143, C10L1/2383, C10L1/1985, C10L1/14
European ClassificationC10L1/14B