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Publication numberUS3909430 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 30, 1975
Filing dateAug 27, 1973
Priority dateAug 7, 1972
Publication numberUS 3909430 A, US 3909430A, US-A-3909430, US3909430 A, US3909430A
InventorsBruce W Hotten
Original AssigneeChevron Res
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Lubricating composition
US 3909430 A
Abstract
A lubricating composition having improved low wear properties is disclosed and comprises a mixture of an oil of lubricating viscosity and a bisphosphoramide prepared by reacting phosphorus oxychloride with a hydrocarbyl diol and a monoamine.
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Unlted States Patent 11 1 1111 3,909,430

Hotten 1 Sept. 30, 1975 [54] LUBRICATING COMPOSITION 2,632,767 3/1953 Smith et a] 252/498 X 2,736.706 2/1956 Morris 252/466 [751 mentor: Bruce Ormda Cahf- 2,736,707 2/1956 Morris 252 467 [73] Assignee: Chevron Research Company, S 2,952,701 9/1960 Mc Connell 252/49.8 X Francisco Calif 3,071,548 [/1963 G1e1m et a]. 252/498 X 3,081,331 3/1963 Friedman 252/498 X [22] Filed: Aug. 27, 1973 3,239,464 3/1966 Matson et a1... 252/498 X 3,240,704 3/1966 Nelson at 211.... 252/466 1 1 Appl- 390,145 3,254,027 5 1966 Matson et a1... 252/46.7 x 3,271,312 9/1966 Cyba 252/467 Related Apphcam Data 3,361,671 1/1968 Lowe 252/46.7 1 Division of 278,859 7, |972- 3,696,036 10 1972 Commichau 252 499 31795-613 3,819,748 6/1974 Dulog et a1. 252 499 [52] [1.8. Cl. 252/49.9; 252/466; 252/46.7; Prinwry Exarniner Helen M s Sneed 252/493; 260/928 Attorney, Agent, or FirmG. F. Magdeburger; C. J. [51] Int. C1. C10M 1/10 Tonkin [58] Field of Search 252/498, 49.9, 46.6, 46.7;

260/928 57 ABSTRACT [56] References Cited A lubrieating eomposition having improve d 10w W ear S propernes 1s dlsclosed and comprises a m1xturc 01 an UNITED STATES PATENT 011 of lubricating viscosity and a bisphosphoramide 2,574,516 11/1951 Walter et a1. 252/499 x prepared by reacting phosphorus oxychloride with (21 2,589,675 3/1952 Cook et a1. 252/466 X 'hydrocarbyl diol and a monoamine 2.614990 10/1952 Harman ct a1. 252/499 2,624,707 1/1953 Pritzker et a1. 252/467 X 10 Claims, N0 Drawings LUBRICATING COMPOSITION This is a division of application Ser. No. 278,850, filed Aug. 7, 1972, now US. Pat. No. 3,795,613.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION This invention relates to a lubricating composition and method of preparing the same. More particularly, the invention relates to a lubricating oil containing a novel anti-wear additive.

The employment of anti-wear agents in motor oils, fuels, transmission fluids, hydraulic fluids, etc., is well established. Numerous types of additives have been developed and several have proved quite successful in reducing wear and increasing equipment life. Typical anti-wear agents which have experienced commercial success include zinc dihydrocarbyl dithiophosphates, zinc dialkyldithiocarbamate, tricresyl phosphate dilauryl phosphate, didodecyl phosphite, sulfurized terpenes, sulfurized sperm oil, various chorinated compounds, etc. Of the above compounds zinc dihydrocarbyl dithiophosphate and tricresyl phosphate have essentially dominated the field.

While the conventional anti-wear agents have performed satisfactorily in the older equipment, the introduction of more powerful and higher speed machines has encouraged the development of anti-wear agents having superior anti-wear properties not heretofor obtainable. In addition, several anciliary problems appurtenant with many of the conventional anti-wear agents have encouraged the search for an improved additive. For example, the employment of zinc dihydrocarbyl dithiophosphate or other metal containing anti-wear agents is burdened with a relatively high ash content. Another problem is the diminution of raw materials employed to produce some of the additives, e.g. the reduction of the availability of sperm oil, etc.

In addition to the anti-wear properties, in many instances it is advantageous to modify the friction properties of the lubricant. The conventional anti-wear agents do not exhibit these friction modifying properties and, accordingly other additives must be employed to obtain this effect thereby increasing the cost and ash content of the final composition. Thus a need exists for an additive having improved anti-wear properties, that does not have a high ash content, that is relatively inexpensive to make and that exhibits friction modifying properties.

It is therefore an object of this invention to provide a lubricant having improved anti-wear properties.

It is another object of this invention to provide a lubricant containing an improved ashless anti-wear agent.

Another object of this invention is to provide a lubricant containing an anti-wear agent having friction modifying properties. I

Another object of this inventions is to provide a lubricant containing an improved anti-wear agent having superior anti-wear properties, which exhibits friction modifying properties, and which has a low ash content.

Another object of this invention is to provide a method for inhibiting wear.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The aforementioned objects and their attendant advantages can be realized with a'composition comprising a major partof a lubricating oil containing a bisphosphoramide having the structure:

wherein:

X is the same or different element selected from nitrogen or oxygen;

Y is the same or different element selected from oxygen, sulfur or nitrogen when X is nitrogen or nitrogen when both Xs are oxygen; 1

n is an integer equal to 1 when Y is oxygen or sulfur and 2 when Y is nitrogen;

m is an integer equal to n-l i.e., 0 when X is oxygen and 1 when X is nitrogen;

R is a hydrocarbylene or dihydrocarbylene having from 2 to 18 carbons and preferably from 2 to 8 carbons or the halo, keto, t-amino, amide, mononitro, or alkoxy derivative thereof;

R is the same or different constituent selected from hydrogen when Y is nitrogen or a hydrocarbyl having from 1 to 24 carbons and preferably from 6 to 20 carbons or the halo, keto, t-amino, amido, mono-nitro or alkoxy derivative thereof; and

R is the same or different R or a hydrocarbylene having from 2 to 18 carbons and preferably from 2 to 8 carbons or the halo, keto, t-amino, amido, mono-nitro or alkoxy derivative thereof with one end of each R bonding to the other R or to said R when R is a dihydrocarbylene.

As referred to herein, hydrocarbyl is a monovalent organic radical composed essentially of hydrogen and carbon and may be aliphtic, aromatic, or alicyclic or combinations thereof; e.g., aralkyl, alkyl, aryl, cycloalkyl, alkylcycloalkyl, etc., and may be saturated or ethylenically unsaturated (one or more double bonded carbons, conjugated or nonconjugated). The preferred hydrocarbyl is an alkyl. The hydrocarbylene, as defined herein, is a divalent hydrocarbon radical which may be aliphatic, alicyclic, aromatic or combinations thereof; e.g., alkylene, arylene, alkylarylene, aralkylene, alkylcycloalkylene, cycloalkylarylene, etc., having its two free valences .on different carbon atoms. The preferred hydrocarbylene is an alkylene. The dihydrocarbylene, as defined herein, is a quadruple valent hydrocarbon radical which may be aliphatic, alicyclic, aromatic or combinations thereof; e.g., dialkylene, dialkylarylene, diaralkylene, dicycloalkylene, etc., having less than three of its free valences on a single carbon atom and preferably having its four free valences on different carbon atoms.

The various derivatives of the R, R and R groups as referred to herein mean the substitution of the functional group (halo; keto, etc.) on or within the R, R and R chain with less than 50 percent and preferably less than 10 percent of the available sites substituted.

We have found that by incorporating the bisphosphoramide having the structure shown above within a lubricating oil, the anti-wear characteristics of the resulting composition are dramatically increased and in some instances increased to values not heretofor obtainable. While the exact mechanism involved in sharply ameliorating wear is unknown, it is believed that the bisphosphoramide coats the exposed metalic diarylene,

parts with a thin, perhaps monomolecular, layer of the protective compound which strongly adheres to the metal surface. The hydrocarbon component extends from the center phosphorus atoms and, it is believed, retards the loss of lubricant from the boundary layer and, also, p10 vides some protection against direct abrasion. This mechanism is only a hypothesis and should not be held as binding on the claimed invention, since in any event it is shown with working examples that the bisphosphoramides substantially reduce wear.

Exemplary bisphosphoramides which may be employed in the practice of this invention include piperazine bis(tetracocophosphoramide); piperazine bis(tetralaurylphosphoramide); piperazine bis(tetramyristylphosphoramide); piperazine bis(dicocophosphoramide); piperazine bis(dilaurylphosphoramide); piperazine bis(tetracocophosphorthioamide); piperazine bis- (tetralaurylphosphorothioamide); piperazine bis(diethyldicyclohexylphosphorothioamide); trimethylene dipiperazine bis(tetracocophosphoramide); diethylene glycol bis(tetracocophosphoramide); N,N'-diethyl-l ,3- propane diamine bis(tetracocophosphoramide); piper azine bis(dilaurylphosphorthioamide); etc.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION The bisphosphoramides of this invention are prepared by reacting phosphorus oxychloride with a difunctional secondary amine or alcohol and a monofunctional amine, alcohol or mercaptan. The reaction can be conducted non-catalytically by merely contacting the three reactants within a suitable reaction vessel at a temperature from to 200C and preferably from 20 to 150C. The reaction pressure is not critical except that it is preferred to apply sufficient pressure on the system to maintain liquid phase conditions. Generally, the pressure will range from to 500 psia and preferably from 14 to 35 psia.

The difunctional amine or alcohol forms the bridging group between the two phosphorus atoms as shown in the structural formula supra. The monofunctional amine, alcohol or mercaptan, on the other hand, reacts with remaining halogens on the phosphorus oxychloride molecules to form the four terminal groups extending from the phosphorus atoms.

The difunctional compounds which may be em ployed in the practice of this invention have the following general structure:

n x R I m ow The definition of X, R, R and m is defined supra under the description of the bisphosphoramide general formula. The dotted lines above illustrate the possible heterocyclic bonding of the R and R groups when X is nitrogen. For example, when R is a dihydrocarbylene or substituted dihydrocarbylene, the two R groups bond to the center R group along path (1). Exemplary compounds of this structure include methylene dipiper azine, dimethylene dipiperazine, trimethylene dipiperazine, tetramethylene dipiperazine, diethyleneoxydipiperazine, bis(diethyleneoxy)dipiperazine, etc. When R is a hydrocarbylene, one R group may bond to the other R group along path (2) forming a heterocyclic ring encompassing the two X atoms. Exemplary compounds of this structure include piperazine, 2,5 dichloro piperazine, 2,5 dimethyl piperazine, 2,5 piperazinedione, etc.

Secondary diamines other than heterocyclic diamines may also be employed in the practice of this invention. In this embodiment, the R groups are hydrocarbyl or substituted hydrocarbyl radicals and R is a hy drocarbylene or substituted hydrocarbylene. Exemplary compounds of this type include N,N- diphenylethylene diamine, N,N'-diethyl-o tolidine, N,N'diethyl-o-dianisidine, N,N' diethyll ,3- propanediamine, N,N-di(p-chlorophenyl) ethylene diamine, N,N-diethyl cyclohexylene diamine, etc.

Difunctional compounds having two hydroxy groups (X in the above formula is oxygen) include C to C primary diols such as trimethylene glycol, ethylene glycol, diethylene glycol, triethylene glycol, propenylene glycol, dipropylene glycol, tetra-methylene glycol, npropane-1,3-diol, 2-butenel ,4-diol, 2,2'thiodiethanol, neopentyl glycol, hydroquinone, chlorohydroquinone, naphthoquinone, phenyl-1,2-ethanediol, 2-anilinol ,4- naphthohydroquinone, 2,7-dihydroxynaphthalene, etc. The preferred difunctional hydroxy reactants have from 2 to 12 carbons.

Difunctional compounds having one hydroxy group and one secondary amine group may also be employed. In this embodiment one of the Xs in the above formula is oxygen and the other X is nitrogen. Exemplary compounds of this type include, N-ethanol methylamine, N-phenylethanol ethylamine, etc.

The preferred difunctional compounds are either dihydroxy or diamino and preferably diamino.

The mono functional compounds which may be employed in the practice of this invention have the following general formula:

wherein R,, n and Y are defined supra under the description of the bisphosphoramide general formula. Exemplary monofunctional compounds include C to C monohydroxy alcohols, monomercaptans and primary or secondary monoamines. Exemplary monohydroxy alcohols include, methanol, propanol, butanol, pentanol, hexanol, octanol, cyclohexanol, Z-methyl cyclohexanol, phenol, cresol, naphthol, p-chlorophenol, p methylphenol, etc. Exemplary mercaptans include methyl mercaptan, propyl mercaptan, butyl mercaptan, hexyl mercaptan, cyclohexyl mercaptan, naphthyl mercaptan, p-butylphenyl mercaptan, ,B naphthyl mercaptan etc. Exemplary monoamines include primary alkyl amines such as heptylamine, octylamine, dodecylamine, tetradecylamine, hexadecylamine, octadecyl amine, etc; secondary alkyl amines such as, diheptyla mine, N,N-ethylhexylamine, N,N-hexyloctylamine, dioctylamine, and N,N-butylhexylamine, etc.; primary and secondary cycloalkyl and alkylcycloalkyl amines such as 2-ethylcyclohexylamine, N,N-ethylcyclohexylamine, N,N-methylcyclohexylamine, N,N-propylcyclohexylamine, dicyclohexylamine, N,N-ethylcyclopentylamine, 2-propyl-3-ethylcyclohexylamine, etc; and primary and secondary aryl and alkylarylamines such as methylaniline, toluidine, N,N- ethylphenylamine, p-anisidine, nitroaniline, diphenyl- 5 amine, N,N-propylphenylamine, 2,4,6 trichloroaniline, N,N-octylphenylamine, p-phenetidine, etc.

Particularly preferred monohydroxy alcohols, mono mercaptans and monoamines are prepared from vegetable oils and fats. Typical natural oils and fats which may be employed in preparing the monofunctional compounds include coconut oil, corn oil, rape oil, castor oil, peanut oil, cottonseed oil, linseed oil, olive oil, palm oil, safflower oil, soybean oil, sperm oil, tung oil, etc. These oils are generally comprised of a mixture of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids such as caprylic, capric, lauric, myristic, palmitic, stearic, arachidic, palmitoleic, oleic, ricinoleic, linoleic, eleostearic, etc. The fatty acids are converted into the corresponding primary or secondary amine, alcohol or mercaptan by conventional processing means.

The preferred monofunctional compounds are the C -C primary and secondary vegetable oil amines such as caprylamine, dicaprylamine, laurylamine, dilaurylamine, myristylamine, dimyristylamine, palmitylamine, dipalmitylamine, etc. and mixtures thereof.

The preferred bisphosphoramides of this invention are prepared by reacting a primary or secondary monoamine having from 2 to 40 carbons with piperazine and phosphorus oxychloride. The compound have the following general structure:

wherein R is hydrogen or preferably a hydrocarbyl having from 2 to 20 carbons; and

R, is a hydrocarbyl having from 2 to 20 carbons.

The bisphosphoramides may be prepared by either a batch or continuous processing scheme. in a typical batch process, a reaction vessel, preferably constructed or lined with a corrosive resistant material such as glass, teflon, etc., is charged with a suitable inert reaction solvent and the difunctional and monofunctional compounds. The contents of the reactor are stirred to disperse the reactants within the reaction solvent. The phosphorus oxychloride is then introduced into the reaction vessel in contact with the other reactants. The reaction takes place spontaneously upon the contacting of these reactants to produce the bisphosphoramide. Since the reaction is also exothermic, care must be taken in the introduction of the reactants in order to avoid rapid increases in localized temperatures. Preferably, the phosphorus reactant is introduced into the vessel at a rate of 5 to 25 mols per 50 mols of difunctional and monofunctional compounds per hour. This addition rate is not critical to the practice of this invention and only provides a convenient method of introducing the phosphorus reactant into the system without the problems of spontaneous boiling. For example, the phosphorus oxychloride may be charged to the reaction vessel before either the difunctional or monofunctional reactant, or in another alternative embodiment, the reactants may be charged to the vessel in an intermittent manner. The reaction can also be conducted adiabatically with the heat of reaction effecting the necessary temperature increase in the system.

In preferred embodiments, when a mercaptan or alcohol monofunctional reactant is employed, these compounds are contacted with the phosphorus oxychloride prior to the introduction of the difunctional amine or at least before the stoichiometric amounts of difunctional amine is introduced into the reaction medium. In this manner, the less reactive mercaptan or alcohol is allowed to partially react with the phosphorus oxychloride prior to the introduction of the more reactive difunctional amine. When a dihydroxy difunctional reactant and amine monofunctional reactants are employed, it is, likewise, preferred to introduce the less restrictive dihydroxy reactant into contact with the phosphorus oxychloride prior to the addition of the amine reactant.

During the course of the reaction, hydrogen chloride is released as a by-product. This by-product can be stripped from the reaction medium during or after the completion of the reaction. While stripping may be a convenient method for removing the material, the conditions employed during the stripping steps in many instances have an adverse effect on the product bisphosphoramide. Therefore, it is preferred to complex or neutralize the hydrogen chloride within the reaction medium concomitant with its formation. l have found that the complexing or neutralization step can be accomplished by admixing a stable basic compound or acid acceptor within the reaction medium. Exemplary acid acceptors include C to C trialkyl amines such as trimethylamine, triethylamine, tripropylamine, triisopropylamine, tributylamine, etc., basic hetarenes, such as pyridine, quinoline, picoline, pyrazine, etc., as well as basic metal compounds such as magnesium oxide, calcium oxide, calcium carbonate, magnesium carbonate, alkaline earth metal hydroxides such as magnesium hydroxide, calcium hydroxide, barium hydroxide, etc., and alkali hydroxides such as sodium hydroxide, potassium hydroxide and lithium hydroxide.

The preferred acid acceptors are the trialkyl amines and hetarenes since water is not produced in the neutralization of the hydrogen chloride by-product. The presence of water in the system is to be avoided since it may react with the phosphorus oxychloride reactant.

The crude bisphosphoramide can then be filtered to remove the liquid reaction medium and unreacted reactants. Although filtering is preferred, it is recognized that alternative purification steps can be performed such as extraction, stripping, etc.

As discussed supra, the reaction is preferably conducted in the presence of an inert stable reaction solvent. Exemplary reaction solvents which may be employed in the practice of this invention include C to C aliphatic or aromatic hydrocarbons such as hexane, octane, nonane, benzene, toluene, naphthalene, ethylcycylhexene, etc., halogenated hydrocarbons, hydrocarbon esters, hydrocarbon ethers, hydrocarbon amides, etc., may be employed.

' The concentration of the various reactants within the reaction medium can vary over a wide range depending upon the reactants chosen, the reaction conditions, vessel construction, processing scheme, etc. Generally, however, the reactants will be present in the amounts shown in the following Table l.

TABLE I BROAD PREFERRED RANGE RANGE COMPONENT (weight (weight Reaction Solvent 40 80 60 70 Difunctional Compound I l 2 Monofunctional Compound l0 50 20 40 Acid Acceptor 5 30 I0 20 Phosphorus Oxychloride" 4 l5 6 10 Based on the amount introduced into the reaction medium The molar ratio of the reactants introduced into the reaction medium will generally vary from 3 to 5 mols of monofunctional compound and 0.4 to 0.6 mols of difunctional compound per mol of phosphorus compound. Preferably the reactants are present in substantially stoichiometric amounts.

The lubricant composition is prepared by simply mixing the bisphosphoramide within a suitable lubricating oil. The amount of bisphosphoramide which may be present within the lubricating oil to impart the desired anti-wear properties varies depending upon the type of phosphoramide employed, the type of lubricating oil used, the presence of other additives, etc. Generally, however, the amount of bisphosphoramide within the lubricating oil will vary from 0.01 to 10 weight per cent and usually from 0.05 to 2 weight per cent based on the weight of the final lubricant composition.

The lubricating oil which may be employed in the practice of this invention includes a wide variety of hydrocarbon oils. Other oils include lubricating oils derived from coal products and synthetic oils, e.g., alkylene polymers (such as, polypropylene, butylene, etc. and mixtures thereof) alkylene oxide-type polymers (e.g. alkylene oxide polymers prepared by polymerizing alkylene oxide such as propylene oxide etc. in the presence of water or alcohol, e.g. ethyl alcohol), carboxylic acids esters (e.g. those which were prepared by esterifying carboxylic acids such as adipic acid, azelaic acid, suberic acid, sebacic acid, alkenylsuccinic acid, fumaric acid, maleic acid, etc., with the alcohol such as butyl alcohol, hexyl alcohol, 2-ethylhexyl alcohol, pentaerythritol, etc., liquid esters of phosphorus, such as trialkyl phosphate (tributyl phosphate), dialkylaryl phosphate, triaryl phosphate (tricresyl phosphate), etc. alkylbenzenes, polyphenols (e.g., bisphenols and terphenols), alkylbiphenylethers, esters and polymers of silicon, e.g., tetraethyl silicate, tetraisopropyl silicate, hexyl(4-methyl-2-pentoxy) disilicate, poly(methyl)- siloxane and poly(methylphenyl)-siloxane, etc. The lubricating oils may be used individually or in combinations whenever miscible or whenever made so by use of mutual solvents. The lubricating oils generally have a viscosity which ranges from 50 to 5000 SUS (Saybolt Universal Seconds) and usually from 100 to 1500 SUS at 100F.

In addition to the bisphosphoramide anti-wear agent, other additives may be successfully employed within the lubricating composition of this invention without affecting its high stability and performance over a wide temperature scale. One type of additive is an antioxidant or oxidation inhibitor. This type of additive is employed to prevent varnish and sludge formation on metal parts and to inhibit corrosion of alloyed bearings. Typical anti-oxidants are organic compounds containing sulfur, phosphorus or nitrogen, such as organic amines, sulfides, hydroxysulfides, methanols, etc.,

alone or in combination with metals like zinc, tin or barium. Particularly useful antioxidants include phenyl-a-naphthylamine, bis(alkylphenyl)amine N,N'- diphenyl-p-phenylene-diamine, 2,2,4-trimethyldihydroquinoline oligomer, bis(4-isopropylaminophenyl) ether, N-acylaminophenol, N-acylphenothiazines, N- hydrocarbylamides or ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid, alkyl-phenol-formaldehyde-amine polycondensates, etc.

Another additive which may be employed in a rust inhibitor. The rust inhibitor is employed in all types of lubricants to suppress the formation of rust on the surface of metallic parts. Exemplary rust inhibitors include, sodium nitrite, alkenyl succinic acids and derivatives thereof, alkylthio-acetic acid and derivatives thereof, substituted imidazoles, amine phosphates, etc.

Another additive which may be incorporated into the lubricant composition of this invention is an anticorrodant. The anti-corrodant is employed to inhibit oxidation so that the formation of acidic bodies is suppressed and to form films over the metal surfaces which decrease the effect of corrosive materials on exposed metallic parts. Typical anti-corrodants are organic compounds containing active sulfur, phosphorus or nitrogen, such as organic sulfides, phosphides, metal salts of thiophosphoric acid, cyclic and acyclic epoxides and sulfurized waxes, barium phenates and sulfonates, etc. A particularly effective corrosion inhibitor is ammonium dinonylnaphthalenesulfonate.

Other types of lubricating oil additives which may be employed in the practice of this invention include antifoam agents (e.g., silicones, organic copolymers), stabilizers, anti-stain agents, tackiness agents, anti-chatter agents, dropping point improvers, anti-Squawk agents, lubricating color correctors, extreme pressure agents, odor control agents, dispersants, detergents, etc. as well as other anti-wear agents such as tricresyl phosphate and zinc dithiophosphate esters.

The anti-wear agents of this invention can be employed in grease compositions to increase the bearing life and other endurance properties of the grease. These agents may successfully be employed with such thickening agents as polyurea compounds as disclosed in US. Pat. Nos. 3,232,210; 3,281,361; 3,346,497 and 3,401,027; calcium stearates, lithium stearates, aluminum complexes such as disclosed in US. Pat. Nos. 2,599,553; 3,345,291 and 3,514,400 etc. Generally when employed in grease formulation, the bisphosphoramides will be present in an amount of 0.05 to 5 weight per cent and preferably from 0.1 to 1 weight per cent of the final grease composition.

In many instances it may be advantageous to form concentrates of the bisphosphoramide within a carrier liquid. The employment of concentrates provides a convenient method of handling and transporting the bisphosphoramide compounds for their subsequent dilution and use. The concentration of the bisphosphoramides within the concentrates may vary from 10 to 100 weight per cent although it is preferred to maintain the concentration between about 20 and weight per cent.

LUBRICANT PERFORMANCE The lubricants containing the bisphosphoramide compounds of this invention have very good anti-wear properties and in many instances surpass the anti-wear properties of ubiquitous tricresyl phosphate and zinc dihydrocarbyl dithiophosphate. Moreover, the bisphosphoramides do not contain a metal component and, accordingly, have a very low ash content. The low ash content is an important property for high temperature and high speed machine lubricants.

In addition to the above, the bisphosphoramide lubricants exhibit a surprising friction modifying effect. It was discovered that many of the bisphosphoramide compounds substantially changed the friction characteristics of metallic surfaces. For example, it was found that long chain aliphatic groups on the bisphosphoramide substantially reduces the coefficient of friction. This property of the additive improves the lubricity of a lubricant and accordingly reduces the power loss between sliding parts.

When short chain groups such as ethylene and cyclohexane are attached to the bisphosphoramide component, the coefficient of friction is substantially increased. This aspect of the bisphosphoramide compound is advantageous in ball and roller bearings in which slippage of the rolling elements in the races causes metal damage and in traction gears wherein special synthetic oils have been used to increase traction by elastohydrodynamic action. Also, this type of additive can be used in clutch and brake services where a good grip is necessary to transmit power efficiently e.g. transmission oils, etc.

It is thus apparent from the above that the bisphosphoramide lubricants of this invention can be tailored to have the desired friction characteristics as well as good anti-wear properties.

It should be well recognized that the instant bisphosphoramides may be successfully employed in lubricant applications wherein metal wear is a problem. Thus, the bisphosphoramides may be employed in lubricating oil such as motor oils, turbine oils, gear oils, railroad diesel engine oils, transmission fluids, hydraulic oils, tractor and truck diesel engine oils, two cycle gasoline engine oil, cutting oils, drilling oils, lapping, grinding and honing oils, lubricating oils for pneumatic devices such as jackhammers, sinkers, stoppers, drifters and down hole drills.

The bisphosphoramides may also be useful in mist lubricants. In a mist lubricating system the lubricant is atomized in a mist generator and carried through conduits by an air stream. The lubricant droplets are coalesced and collected at the lubricating site. Such systems permit simultaneous lubrication of several remote lubrication points from a central lubricant reservoir.

The following examples are presented to illustrate the practice of specific embodiments of this invention and should not be interpreted as limitations upon the scope of the invention.

EXAMPLE I This example is presented to illustrate the preparation of a representative bisphosphoramide of this invention. A 2 liter resin flask equipped with a dropping funnel, gas tube, stirrer and thermometer is charged with 315 g. of toluene, 303 g. of triethylamine, 754 g. of dicocoamine and 43 g. of piperazine. The contents of the flask are stirred and heated to a temperature of 50C to uniformly disperse the dicocoamine and piperazine within the toluene solution. The contents are 6 cooled to 29C and 155 g. of phosphorusoxychloride are slowly added to the mixture through the dripping funnel for a period of approximately 1 hour. A stream of nitrogen gas is passed through the reaction medium .(CocmMgP-N, 'Na-P; (M00133; v

where Coco is the coconut oil fatty radical. An analysis of the product reveals the following:

Calculated Found (weight (weight Nitrogen 5.0 3.6 Phosphorus 3.7 2.3

EXAMPLE 2 This example is presented to demonstrate the preparation of piperazine bis(N,N'-diethyl-N,N-dicyclohexylphosphoramide). In the preparation a 2-liter resin flask equipped with a dropping funnel, gas tube, stirrer and a thermometer is charged with 380 g. of toluene, 606 g. of triethylamine, 510 g. of ethylcyclohexylamine and 84 g. of piperazine. The mixture is heated to a temperature of 50C and stirred to disperse the amine reactants within the toluene. Phosphorus oxychloride is then slowly introduced into the reaction medium at a rate of 300 g. per hour. During the addition of the phosphorus oxychloride the mixture is maintained in dry state by passing 200 ml. per minute of nitrogen gas through the reaction medium. After 310 g. of phosphorus oxychloride have been introduced into the vessel, further addition is terminated and the reactor contents are heated to a temperature of approximately C under refluxing conditions. The mixture is refluxed for a period of 2 hrs. The flask is then cooled and the contents filtered. The filtrate is washed with water to remove the chloride and thereafter stripped of toluene. The bisphosphoramide product is calculated to have the following structure:

EXAMPLE 3 In this example, diethylene glycol bis(tetracocophosphoramide) is prepared. A 1 liter resin flask equipped with a stirrer, turned down condenser, thermometer, dropping funnel and a nitrogen gas intlet tube is charged with 64 grams of triethylamine, 10.6 grams of diethylene glycol, 600 milliliters of toluene and 151 grams of di(hydrogenated coco)amine (mol wt. -377). The mixture is heated to about 50C and stirred to dissolve its reactants within the toluene. Phosphorus oxychloride is then slowly introduced into the vessel, further addition is terminated and the flask is heated to a temperature of l0O-l C under refluxing conditions for a period of about 7 /2 hours. The flask is washed with water to remove the chloride ions and thereafter stripped of toluene. The bisphosphoramide product is calculated to have the following structure.

The procedure of example 3 is repeated except that 101 grams of di(hydrogenated coco)amine are employed and 13 grams of N,N'-diethyl-l ,3- propanediamine are employed in the place of the diethylene glycol. A proportionately lower amount of phosphorus oxychloride was also employed. The contents are refluxed for a period of about 5 hours. The recov ered bisphosphoramide product is calculated to have the following structure.

I (Coco N) P N (CH;);- N P (N Coco CHZCH3 GHQ-CH3 An analysis of the bisphosphoramide reveals the following:

Calculated Found (weight (weight Nitrogen 4.9 3.5 Phosphorus 3.6 3.7

EXAMPLE 5 The procedure of example 1 is repeated except that trimethylene dipiperazine is substituted for the piperazine and the following amounts employed Grams Moles Trimethylene 4,4- 42 0.2

dipiperazine Triethylamine l l l 1.] Toluene 500 Dicocoamine 302 0.8 Phosphorus oxychloride 62 0.4

The resulting bisphosphoramide is calculated to have the following structure:

(CH N P(N COCO An analysis of the compound reveals the following:

This example is presented to demonstrate the superior anti-wear properties of the bisphosphoramides of this invention over the monophosphoramides. In the test seven experimental fluids are prepared. The first fluid is comprised solely of 480 neutral oil, the second is 480 neutral oil containing 2 weight percent of piperazine bis(tetracocophosphoramide) prepared from Example l, the third fluid is 480 neutral oil containing 2 weight percent of hexacocomonophosphoramide, the fourth fluid is 480 neutral oil containing 1.4 weight percent of piperazine bis(diethyldicyclohexylphosphoramide) prepared in Example 2, the fifth fluid is 480 neutral oil containing 2 weight percent of trimethylenedipiperazine bis(tetracocophosphoramide) produced by the method of Example 5. The sixth fluid is 480 neutral oil containing 2 weight percent of diethyleneglycol bis tetracocophosphoramide) prepared by the method of Example 3 and the seventh fluid is 480 neutral oil containing 2 weight percent of diethylpropanediamine bis(tetracocophosphoramide) by the method of Example 4.

The five test fluids are tested in accordance with ASTM 2266-67 under the following test conditions Temperature 1 30F Speed 1800 rpm Load 20 kg. Duration of Test 1 hour The results of these tests are reported in the following Table 2.

TEST COMPOSITION TABLE 2 ASTM FOUR-BALL WEAR TEST Test Composition Scar Diameter (mm) No additives Hexacocomonophosphoramide* Piperazine bis(tetracocophosphoramide) Piperazine bis(diethyldicyclohexylphosphoramide) I Trimethylene dipiperazine bis(tetracocophosphoramide) Diethyleneglycol bis(tetracocphosphoramide) Diethylpropanediamine his(tetracocphosphoramide) (cOCO N)3P Coco represents the hydrocarbyl radical from coconut oil fatty amine and usually has an average of 12 carbons.

The above table illustrates a sharp reduction in wear with a representative bisphosphoramide of this invention over either the base oil alone or with a monophosphoramide.

EXAMPLE 7 Temperature I3()F Speed 1200 rpm Load 50 kg. Duration of Test 0.5 hrs.

The results of these tests are reported in the following Table 3.

TABLE 3 ASTM FOUR-BALL WEAR TEST SCAR DIAMETER (mm) 2.47: TCP 0.69

2.4% TCP 0.l7r Bisphosphoramide 0.46

"'TCP is tricresyl phosphate *Piperazine histtetracocnphusphorumide) The above table illustrates the effectiveness of the claimed bisphosphoramides in minimizing wear even in the presence of high concentrations of TCP. This example also illustrates the practice of this invention with a synthetic oil. 7

I EXAMPLE is dithiophosphateester is illustrated in this example.

v The superiority of the bisphosphoramides over a zinc Two test fluids are tested in this example, one fluid consisting of a conventional automatic transmission fluid containing 0.8 weight per cent of zinc dioctyldithiophosphate and the second fluid being the same as the above with the addition of 0.5 weight percent of piperazine bis(tetracocophosphoramide) prepared by the method of Example 1.

The two fluids are tested in accordance with ASTM 2266-67 under the following conditions:

Temperature .Speed 600 rpm Load 40 kg Duration of Test 2 hours The results of these tests are reported in the following Table 4. i

TABLE 4 ASTM FOUR-BALL WEAR TEST TEST FLUID SCAR DIAMETER (mm) 0.8% Zinc dioctyldithiophosphate 0.6 l 0.8% Zinc dioctyldthiophosphate 0.5% Bisphosphoramide" 0.44

'Piperazine his( tetracocophosphoramide) The friction modifying properties of the bisphos-- phoram ides of this invention are illustrated by a series of experiments. The following lubricating compositions listed in Table 5 are prepared for this example.

TABLE 5 COMPONENTS COMPOSITION (wt 70) TYPE A 480 Neutral Oil B 99 480 Neutral Oil i l Tricresyl Phosphate C 99 480 Neutral Oil l Piperazine bis(tetracocophosphoramide) D 99 480 Neutral Oil 1 Piperazine bis(diethyldi cyclohexylphosphoramide) The coefficient of friction of the above fluids is determined in the Kinetic 'Oiliness Testing Machine (KOTM) at a temperature ranging from 40 to 200C.

The procedure is described in G. L. Neely, Proceeddings of Midyear Meeting, American Petroleum Institute, 1932 pp. 60-74. The KOTM friction is measured at 100 pounds load (1750 psi) and at 0.1 rpm (0.09

fpm). The results' of this test are presented in the following Table 6.

TABLE 6 ASTM FRICTION TEST The above table amply illustrates the surprising effect of the bisphosphoramide on the friction properties of the lubricating oil. Thus a comparison of the coefficient of friction between test fluid A (base oil) and test fluid B (base oil TCP) illustrates no appreciable change in the frictional properties. However, when compared with test fluid C (long chain bisphosphoramide) a dramatic decrease in friction is observed. When compared with test fluid D (short chain bisphosphoramide) a sharp increase in friction is observed. The ability of the anti-wear agent in increasing or decreasing friction is a valuable lubricating property depending upon the practical application of the lubricant. A discussion of the advantages of these properties is presented supra.

It is apparent that many widely different embodiments may be made without departing from the scope and spirit thereof; and, therefore, it is not intended to be limited except as indicated in the following appended claims.

I claim:

1. A lubricating composition comprising an oil of lubricating viscosity and from 0.01 to 10 weight percent of a bisphosphoramide prepared by reacting phosphorus oxychloride with a C r-C hydrocarbyl diol and a monoamine having the formula:

wherein R is a C -C hydrocarbyl, the molar ratio of reactants being 3 to 5 mols of monoamine and 0.4 to

9.6 mols of diol for each mol of phosphorus oxychloride.

2. The composition defined in claim 1 wherein said R is an alkyl having from 6 to 20 carbon atoms.

3. The composition defined in claim 2 wherein said oil is a hydrocarbon oil having a viscosity between about 50 and 5000 SUS at F.

4. The composition defined in claim 3 wherein said bisphosphoramide is present in an amount from 0.05 to 2 weight percent.

5. The composition defined in claim 4 wherein a thickening agent is also present in said oil in an amount sufficient to thicken the composition to the consistency of grease.

6. The composition defined in claim 5 wherein said monoamine is a secondary amine prepared from vegetable oils or animal fats.

7. The lubricating composition defined in claim 6 wherein said vegetable oil is selected from coconut oil, corn oil, rape oil, castor oil, peanut oil, cottonseed oil, linseed oil, olive oil, palm oil, safflower oil or soybean oil.

8. The composition defined in claim 1 wherein said primary hydrocarbyl diol is selected from the group consisting of trimethylene glycol, ethylene glycol, diethylene glycol, triethylene glycol, propenylene glycol, dipropenylene glycol, tetramethylene glycol, npropane 1,3-diol, Z-butene-l ,4-diol, and neopentyl glycol.

9. The lubricating composition defined in claim 1 wherein said hydrocarbyl diol has from 2-12 carbons.

10. A lubricating composition comprising a major amount of an oil of lubricating viscosity and from 0.05-2 weight percent of a bisphosphoramide prepared by reacting phosphorus oxychloride with diethylene glycol and dicocoamine.

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