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Publication numberUS3795495 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 5, 1974
Filing dateJan 20, 1971
Priority dateJan 20, 1971
Publication numberUS 3795495 A, US 3795495A, US-A-3795495, US3795495 A, US3795495A
InventorsW Howland, W Mallett
Original AssigneeUnion Oil Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Gasoline anti-icing additives
US 3795495 A
Abstract
A combination of two specific types of known gasoline additives is found to provide, in addition to good overall carburetor detergency, a synergistic degree of anti-icing activity. One additive is an alkyl aminoalkyl phosphate, while the other is a succinimide condensation product of an alkylene polyamine wit an alkenyl succinic anhydride.
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United States Patent 91 Howland et al.

[ 1 Mar. 5, 1974 1 1 GASOLINE ANTI-ICING ADDITIVES [75] Inventors: Ward W. Howland, Anaheim;

William R. Mallett, Placentia, both of Calif.

[73] Assignee: Union Oil Company, Los Angeles,

Calif.

[22] Filed: Jan. 20, 1,971

[21] Appl No.: 108,015

[52] US. Cl 44/58, 44/63, 44/D1G. 1,

44/D1G. 4, 44/72 [51] Int. Cl C101 1/26 [58] Field of Search 44/58, 63, 56 D, 69 P [56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 3,384,466 5/1968 Popkin 44/D1G. 4 2,863,742 12/1958 Cantrell et a1. 44/D1G. 4

3,007,782 11/1961 Brown ct a1. 44/D1G. 4 3,460,923 8/1969 Dorcr, .lr. 44/D1G. 4 3,443,918 5/1969 Kautsky et a1. 44/63 3,219,666 11/1965 Norman ct a1 252/51.5 A

Primary Exuminer-Daniel E. Wyman Assistant Examiner-Mrs. Y. H. Smith Attorney, Agent, or Firm-Richard C. Hartman; Dean Sandford; Lannas S. Henderson 57 ABSTRACT 9 Claims, 1 Drawing Figure 1 GASOLINE ANTI-ICING ADDllTlVES BACKGROUND AND SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION A great variety of chemical additives have previously been proposed for use as detergents and/or dispersants in gasolines, for the primary purpose of removing and- /or preventing the formation of deposits of dirt, gum, lacquer and the like in the induction system of internal combustion engines, primarily on the internal surfaces of the carburetor throat and associated parts. Some of these detergent additives are known to be effective in varying degrees as anti-icing agents, while others are of littleor no value for that purpose. This is not particularly surprising, since the formation and removal of ice from carburetor surfaces bears little apparentanalogy to the formation and removal of dirt, gum-and lacquer deposits from such surfaces.

As is well known, the operation of carburetor-fed internal combustion engines under cool, humid weather conditions is apt to result in frequent stalling of the engine, especially during the warm-up period. Such stalling is a definite safety hazard as well as a decided inconvenience. It is now recognized that stalling of this nature is attributable to the formation of ice on the throttle plate and the nearby surfaces of the carburetor barrel. The water which forms the ice does not come from the gasoline, butfrom the air entering the carburetor. As noted above, stalling generally occurs in cool, humid weather when the temperature is between about 35 and 65F, andthe relative humidity is above about 65 percent. The most critical conditions are temperatures of about 40-60F., and 90-100 percent relative humidity.

As the gasoline evaporates in the carburetor, it reduces the temperature of the surrounding metal surfaces by as much as 4050F. Moisture in the incoming air comes in contact with these parts and begins to build up ice on the throttle plate and in the carburetor barrel. The higher the humidity, the faster is the buildup of ice. Then, when the engine is idling, the throttle plate closes and the ice chokes off the normal flow of air through the small clearance between the throttle plate and the carburetor wall. This causes the engine to stall. The engine-can usually be restarted when the heat from the exhaust manifold melts the ice sufficiently. However, stalling will continue until the engine is completely warmed up.

Carburetor icing occurs in some vehicles when cruising at speeds of 30-60 mph. Such icing is a considerable problem in the case of certain trucks and cars equipped with carburetors having venturi type fuel-air mixing tubes (emulsion tubes). The ice builds up on the tube and restricts the flow of air, thereby enriching the fuel mixture and reducing efficiency.

We have now discovered that these icing problems can be materially reduced by adding to the gasoline fuel certain, minor proportions of two different additives which have previously been suggested for use individually as detergent additives. Neither of the additives alone is exceptionally effective for anti-icing, but surprisingly, the combination is synergistic in that it is much more effective than the same proportion of either additive alone. The first additive, referred to herein as the Succinimide additive, is a complex condensation product of approximately equal mole-ratios of a relatively low molecular weight alkenyl succinic anhydride with an alkylene polyamine such as diethylene triamine. lt is almost completely ineffective for anti-icing when used alone. The second additive is a mono alkyl, mono(amino alkyl)phosphate, referred to herein as the phosphate ester additive. Used alone it is fairly effective for anti-icing, but considerably less effective than the combination. I

DETAILED DESCRlPTlON TABLE 1 Pounds per Thousand Barrels of Gasoline" Broad Range Preferred Range Phosphate Ester Succinimide (1) One pound per thousand barrels 4 part; per million.

In addition, the overall proportion of the combined additives should fall within the range of about l340, preferably l3.520 pounds per thousand barrels. It should be observed that these-additives are often supplied commercially as concentrates in an inert solvent; the proportions cited above are on a solvent-free basis.

Preferred synergistic weight ratios of the two additives to each other range between about 20/80 to 60/40 of phosphate ester to succinimide. A premixed package comprising the two additives in these relative proportions may be conveniently utilized, with or without an added solvent such as toluene or other petroleum distillate. Other additives may also be included in the package, such as a mineral lubricating oil to reduce intake valve deposits. In some cases, the presence of a lubricating oil may actually enhance the anti-icing effect of the two-component additive. Suitable lubricating oils may have a viscosity at 100F. of 200 to 700 SSU, a viscosity index above and an A.P.l. gravity of 25 to 32. A particularly suitable oil, referred'to herein as 300 neutral oil, has a viscosity of about 320 SSU at 100F. and at 210F. of about 52.2, a V.l. of about a flash point of 445F. and an A.P.l. gravity of about 28.6.

A preferred additive package for use herein is composed as follows:

Volume Succinimid 39 Phosphate Ester DMA-4 28 XyleneKerosene Solvent 33 (l) Described hereinafter wherein R is an alkylene group containing from 4 to about 25, preferably six to 20 carbon atoms, and R, is an alkyl group having from five to about 25, preferably -20 carbon atoms. The sum of the carbon atoms R and R, should be in the range of l8-36, preferably 2()3(). Suitable exemplary compounds include dodecyl 8-aminooctyl phosphate, octadecyl o-aminohexyl phosphate, dodecyl l2-aminododecyl phosphate, decyl 6- aminododecyl phosphate, and the like. A particularly suitable phosphate additive is marketed by the El. du- Pont de Nemours Co. under the trade name DMA-4, and contains 27 total carbon atoms, analyzing 64.7% C, 12.9% 0, 6.4% P, and 3.0% N. The Succinimide Additive This additive can best be described as a condensation product of approximately one mole of an alkenyl succinic anhydride of the formula:

with about 0.60 to 1.5 moles of an alkylene polyamine of the formula:

wherein R is an alkenyl group having from 8 to about 50, preferably l54(), carbon atoms, R, is a lower alkylene radical of about two to eight carbon atoms, and x is a number from 1 to about 10, preferably 2 to 6. The resulting product is a complex mixture of monomeric and polymeric amides and imides with an average molecular weight normally in the range of about 400 to 800. Where ethylene diamine is employed as the amine, representative reaction products are believed to include compounds such as:

but the presence of other specific amides, imides and amide-imides is not to be excluded.

The condensation reaction is carried out at temperatures of about l250 F., preferably ISO-200C, until about 1 mole of water per mole of alkenyl succinic anhydride employed has been split off. Preferably an in US. Pat. No. 2,182,178.

Suitable alkenyl succinic anhydride starting materials include compounds wherein R in the above formula is n-octenyl, iso-doceccnyl, di-isobutcnyl, tri-isobutenyl, tetra-isobutenyl, hexa-isobutenyl, deca-isobutenyl, and the like. Such compounds are well known in the art, and are normally prepared by reacting the appropriate olefin with maleic anhydride, as described in more detail in eg, US. Pat. Nos. 3,172,892 and 3,443,918.

Suitable exemplary alkylene polyamine reactants include ethylene diamine, diethylene triamine, triethylene tetramine, tetraethylene pentamine, pentaethylene hexamine, propylene diamine, dipropylene triamine, di(tetramethylene)triamine, and the like.

The succinimide reaction products prepared as described above are fairly effective as carburetor detergent gasoline additives. However, we have found that at concentration levels effective for carburetor detergency, they are almost completely ineffective for deicing. Strangely enough, at lower concentration levels which are relatively ineffective for carburetor deter gency, they appear to function somewhat more effectively for de-icing. But even at these low concentrations they are not as effective as the combination of additives when used at the herein prescribed concentrations.

-A preferred succinimide additive for use herein is marketed by the American Oil Co. under the trade name, Amoco 575.

Base Fuels The gasoline stocks to which the succinimide and allphatic amine may beadded with synergistic anti-icing effect include any petroleum fraction boiling in the conventional gasoline range of about to 400F., and preferably having an ASTM 50 percent boiling point between about 180'and 220F. The 50 percent boiling point of a gasoline is a critical indicia of its icing propensity. As a rule of thumb, gasolines with 50 percent. boiling points below 180F. are considered severe, such that the surfactant-type additives utilized herein are relatively ineffective; for these highly volatile gasolines freeze point depressants such as alcohols or glycols may berequired. Gasolines having a 50 percent point above about 220F. are unlikely to cause icing. Hence, for practical purposes the principal utility of the combined additives of this invention resides in their use in gasolines having a 50 percent boiling point between I about 180 and 220F.

Typical commercial gasolines which may be utilized herein may comprise straight run gasolines, catalytically cracked gasolines, catalytic reformates and alkylates, and blends thereof. The fuel may also contain other conventional additives such as lead alkyls, or ganic halide lead scavengers, phenolic anti-oxidants, metal deactivators such as disalicylal-ethylene diamine,

etc.

EXAMPLES To demonstrate the above described synergistic results, a series of anti-icing test runs was carried out using various combinations and proportions of the respective additives. The base gasoline employed in all runs was a leaded blend of a light hydrocracked gasoline, a reformate, and a heavy catalytically cracked gasoline, the blend having an ASTM boiling range substantially as follows:

Percent cylinder during stabilization periods when the carburetor was without fuel.

Test Procedure The actual test procedure consisted in running the Overhead OF 5 engine at constant speed while the throttle was cycled on a fixed time schedule between a cruise and an idle LB.P. 3? setting. The number of cycles required to develop 8 40 enough ice to cause a l inch Hg increase in manifold 50 1% vacuum at the idle setting was taken as an arbitrary 3 l0 stalling condition. El. 432 Each test was preceded by a careful purge and restabilization procedure. During the purge period an auxiliary air heater mounted in the carburetor inlet Test h h tube was energized. This added heat dried out moisture A single cylinder CFR engine coupled to a constant condensed during the preceding test and brought the h dyhamometer was j for the teStS The mst carburetor throttle body back to test conditions more gasoline was fed to the engine through a special carbuquickly The temperature of the throttle body dropped remr operatmgfi} ah atmcsphere of cohtrohed temper to about F. during each test. After the throttle body and y' when carburetor fomled S 0 was heated to 50F, the auxiliary heater was turned off mg f test the Constant sheed dyhamometer malhtamed 2 and the engine was stabilized for an additional 3 minehghe Speed so the ehghe wohld hm Stah- T pres utes with fuel supplied directly to the cylinder by the ence and amount of carburetor ice formed as indicated injection System Fuel flowfid through the carburetor by an Increase in manifold vacuum. A vacuum transonly during the actual test period ducerdand strip chart recorder ell'g used to provide a 25 Additives recor of t e variation in mani 0 vacuum as a test The succlmmide additive (Succmtmrde B was progrehsed' A identified as a condensation roduct of one mole of a A spill-type carburetor was used to assure a constant polyisobutenyl succmic anhydride having an average of air-fuel ratio. The conventional float and needle valve approximately 29 carbon atoms 1n the polyisobutenyl assembly was removed and a Circular (Overflow radical with about 0 75 mole of dieth lene triamine drain) installed inside the float chamber. The gasoline y how to the carhhretor was adlusted so that a Small The resulting product was a mixture of amides and imhh of gasohne would Y h thereby always ides having a number average molecular weight of providing a fixed level of gasoline in the float chamber. about 700, and analyzing 4'9 weight percem nitrogen.

An atmosphere of controlled temperature and huh y hpp q to the 'h h y means of an The phosphate ester was the above described duPont air conditioning unit. A gasoline in ection system, in- DMA 4 lecting gasoline into the Cylinder was used to fire the The results of the various runs were as follows:

TABLE 2 Concentration, Anti-lcing Rating, Run No. Additive Lbs/M Bbl Cycles to Stall l None i 6 2 None 6 3 Succinimide B 7 8 4 Succinimide B 7 8 5 Succinimidc B 7 8 6 Succinimide B 7 9 7 Succinimide B 14 7 8 Succinimide B 14 7 9 Succinimide B 14 7 ll) Succinimide B 14 7 ll Succinimide B l4 7 l2 Succinimide B l4 7 l3 Phosphate Ester 4.8 8 l4 Phosphate Ester 4.8 9 l5 Phosphate Ester 4.8 l0 l6 Phosphate Ester 4.8 l0 l7 Phosphate Ester 8.0 8 l8 Phosphate Ester 8.0 9 l9 Phosphate Ester 8.0 9 20 Phosphate Ester 8.0 9 21 Phosphate Ester l6 I2 22 Phosphate Ester 24 12 23 (Succinimide B 3.5) 7

(Phosphate Ester 2.4)

24 Repeat of run 23 I 7 25 (Succinimide B 7 8 (Phosphate Ester 4.0)

26 Repeat of run 25 8 27 (Succinimidc B 9.1) IS (Phosphate Ester 5.6)

TABLE 2 Continued 29 Repeat of run 27 (I) Solvent-frec basis.

Concentration in Gasoline Additive Lbs/M Barrels Succinimidc c so Octyl, lZ-amino dodccyl phosphate 60 Succinimidc D 10.0 Lauryl, lZ-amino lauryl phosphate 5.0 Succinimidc E 12.0 Hexyl, l2-amino octadeeyl phosphate 8.0

(l) A condensation product of 0.8 moles of propylene diamine with one mole of a 625 Av. molecular weight polyisobutcnyl succinic anhydride.

(2) A condensation product of 0.9 mole of tctracthylene pcntamine with one mole of a 350 Av. molecular weight polyisobutcnyl succinic anhydride.

(3) A condensation product of 11 moles of dipropylenc triamine with one mole of a 550 Av. molecular weight polyethylene succinic anhydride.

The following claims are believed to define the true scope'of the invention.

We claim:

1. An anti-icing gasoline composition comprising a base gasoline boiling substantially in the range of about 100-400F., and dissolved therein:

1. between about 3 and 20 pounds per thousand barrels of an alkyl aminoalkyl phosphate having the formula:

1 1 HO-P-ORNH:

wherein R is an alkylene group having from four to about 25 carbon atoms, and R is an alkyl group having from five to about 25 carbon atoms, the sum of the carbon atoms in R and R being in the range of 18-36; and

, 2. between about and 30 pounds per thousand barrels of a succinimide condensation product of one mole of an alkenyl succinic anhydride of the formula:

with about 0.6 to 1.5 moles of an alkylene polyamine of the formula:

wherein R is an alkenyl group having from eight to about 50 carbon atoms, R is a lower alkylene radical of about two to eight carbon atoms, and x is a number from 1 to about 10; and wherein the combined proportion of components 1 and 2 in the gasoline is between about 13 and 40 pounds per thousand barrels.

2. A composition as defined in claim 1 wherein the weight-ratio of component 1 to component 2 is between about 20/80 and 60/40.

3. A composition as defined in claim 1 wherein said alkylene polyamine is diethylene triamine.

4. A composition as defined in claim 1 wherein the combined proportion of said components 1 and 2 in the gasoline is between about 13.5 and 20 pounds per thousand barrels.

5. A composition as defined in claim 1 wherein said base gasoline has a 50 percent boiling point between about 180 and 220F.

6. A composition as defined in claim 1 wherein the weight-ratio of component 1 to component 2 is between about 20/ and 60/40; said alkylene polyamine is ethylene diamine or diethylene triamine; the combined proportion of said components 1 and 2 in the gasoline is between about 13.5 and 20 pounds per thousand barrels; and wherein said base gasoline has a 50 percent boiling point between about and 220F.

7. A synergistic anti-icing additive for gasoline comprising:

1. an alkyl aminoalkyl phosphate having the formula:

HO-P-O RNHz wherein R is an alkylene group having from four to about 25 carbon atoms, and R is an alkyl group having from 50, to about 25 carbon atoms, the sum of the carbon atoms in Rand R being in the range of 18 to 36; and

2. a succinimide condensation product of one mole of an alkenyl succinic anhydride of the formula:

with about 0.6 to 1.5 moles of an alkylene polyamine of the formula:

between about /80 and 60/40. H2N(RNH 8. An additive as defined in claim 7 including in addiwherein R is an alkenyl group having from eight to tion a paraffinic lubricating oil.

about 50 carbon atoms, R is alower alkylene radi- 9. An additive as defined in claim 7 wherein said cal of about two to eight carbon atoms, and x is a 5 component 2 has an average molecular weight between number from 1 to about H); about 400 and 800.

the weight ratio of component 1 to component 2 being

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Classifications
U.S. Classification44/347, 44/348, 44/376
International ClassificationC10L1/14, C10L1/22, C10L1/26
Cooperative ClassificationC10L1/2641, C10L1/224, C10L1/143, C10L1/2383
European ClassificationC10L1/14B