Chemistry 101 – Molecular Structure
I love “How To …..” books; they quickly educate and turn complicated tasks and technology into understandable information. So I thought, “How best do I describe one of the factors in molecular chemistry that has a critical impact on the performance of products used for roadways whether unpaved or gravel, whether mine haul roads, gravel runways, or drilling pads?” So here is the chemistry 101 for today on synthetic fluids vs. base oils.
The best, most perfect molecular structure for a chemical used to build or maintain a surface is one in which all molecules are exactly the same. Identical. That’s what you get in a synthetic fluid.
Base oils are made of inconsistently sized and shaped molecules, a difference that causes inconsistencies in product performance.. More importantly, the inconsistencies result in uneven environmental compliance from one part of a surface to another.
There! Now you can chat knowledgeably with chemical engineers over the barbeque pit this weekend. Well, in all seriousness, opting for a synthetic fluid over a base oil is a truly wise choice. Making it, though, requires a little sleuthing on your part to make sure you are, in fact, buying what you think you are. Others are attempting to duplicate our Synthetic Fluid Technology, but to date they are still using base oils which they claim are synonymous with synthetic organic fluids.
Click here to read “Synthetic Fluid for Results; It’s All About the Molecules,” the latest in our series of Intelligence articles. The more you know about a product from the inside-out, the fewer issues you will have with your total cost of ownership when it comes to when it comes to preserving a new road, runway or pad.