Only One Injection Required
Oil and fuel pipelines experience high turbulence, drastically increasing the energy required to move fluids. Existing "drag reducing agents" are ultra high molecular weight polymers that break in pumps, and must be re-injected after each pump to continue working. MSMs are self-repairing ultra high molecular weight supramolecules, and thus only need to be added once. As illustrated in the accompanying chart, MSMs keep working long after existing DRAs are destroyed.
Massive Cost Savings
Using MSMs as flow enhancers reduces costs by enabling pipelines to operate with far fewer reinjection points and significantly lower cumulative volumes of DRA without any compromise in flow rates. MSMs can also be used to increase pipeline throughputs using the same amount of energy while keeping the benefit of reduction in DRA costs.
Works With Heavy Crude Oil
MSM-based DRAs are effective in heavy crude oil, a challenging fluid in which many traditional DRAs are ineffective. They're also shear stable under conditions for real-world pipeline transportation of heavy crudes.
Persistent Efficacy from Shear Stability
Existing "mist-control agents" are long-chain polymers that degrade rapidly in handling processes for organic liquids (e.g, pumping) and lose their efficacy. Consequently, they are not useful in real-world applications. Self-repairing by design, MSMs survive in shear conditions that break long-chain polymers, providing persistent mist-control efficacy.
EPA Approved in the United States
MSMs are approved by the EPA for use in diesel and gasoline fuels in the United States. ASTM data available on request.
A Self-Repairing, Longer-Lasting
Viscosity Index Improvers allow lubricants such as motor oils to function well across a range of temperatures, from cold starts to high temperature / high shear engine operating conditions. Existing solutions modify viscosity index, but break down in high-temperature, high-shear conditions, and thus lose effectiveness over time. MSMs improve the VI as well as or better than existing solutions, but avoid degradation by self-repairing in these high-temperature, high-shear conditions longer-lasting motor oils, lubricants, and hydraulic fluids.
Huge Cost Savings
Because MSMs are longer-lasting than traditional VIIs, they can prolong the replacement cycle for motor oil, lubricants, and hydraulic fluids. This reduces the required volume and therefore the cost of these fluids, as well as the labor cost associated with servicing engines and other heavy equipment. MSMs can also be used at lower concentrations than existing VIIs. For oil, lubricant, and other flluid manufacturers, this equates to lower volumes, and thus lower costs, of VIIs required in the production process.
Improves Fuel Efficiency
A more viscous oil creates friction and wastes energy as heat, while thinner oils generate less friction heat loss, thereby saving fuel. Thinner oils also are easier for the oil pump thereby lessening parasitic engine power loss. By reducing friction, thinner lubricants can improve fuel efficiency by as much as 2%. There is a growing need for thinner oils that still provide engine protection - where cars once required 10w40 oils, many new models require 0w20 oils (smaller numbers are “thinner” – less viscous – oils). MSMs' unique properties enable thinner fluids, allowing for the creation of more fuel efficient motor oils.
Shear profile similar to guar gum; viscosity decreases by two orders of magintude as shear increases.
Works in Oil-Based Drilling Fluids
Oil based fluids are less dense than water, but traditionally cannot achieve the shear-thinning behavior of water with guar gum or a similar additive. MSMs make oil-based drilling fluids more practical in the field.
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