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CCBL Slice of theory


The base oil blending process involves heating and continued mixing to get the best contact between the molecules of both oils and additives. Every blender knows how the heating during the whole blending process and cooling time after are costly in both a financial and time sense. Even the latest in-line blending installations use mechanical blenders, but these have the same weak point – partial destroying of molecules due to the mechanical moving parts inside the mixer. Is it possible to reduce the heating costs and time consumption?


Yes, the CCBL (Cavitation Cold Blending Lubricants) uses cavitation phenomenon as super micro heater and blender, working on a molecular level. The cavitation takes a place where imploding gas bubbles generate very high temperature (up to +1000 C, however the temperature of whole batch increases on +2-3 C) for nanoseconds, heating the oil’s macromolecules and mixing the components very precisely.


The main idea of CCBL technology was to create an effective cavitation installation, able to work with base oils, giving highly efficient lubricants homogenisation by using these micro heaters. Andrzej Chodyniecki, CEO of GQOIL Innovation Europe said:


“The first step was to check the cavitation process’ influence on base oils viscosity. The result was fantastic – CCBL doesn’t influence base oil viscosity. At the second step we started to prepare a classic premix in a mechanical mixer tank and then process it in CCBL. The next test was to fill the passive tank (switched off) with all components simultaneously and start the CCBL process after we had a full batch. The results were satisfying enough but complete satisfaction came when CCBL generated the same results and blended the components in ambient temperature”.


On any doubts is it possible to fill the tank either simultaneously (batch bigger than 5 MT) or one by one component (batch less than 5MT) and start the CCBL process without any mechanical pre-mixing we can say yes but with this technology you have to forget about classic way of blending. It is clear the CCBL is only piece of metal, having some design, shape… and weight. The golden point is specially designed software that allows the monitoring of the whole process, providing the necessary liquid


Figure 1. Figure 1. Mechanically blended 10W40 after CCBL process.s


Theory to practice With this technology the heating costs reduction can reach up to 95% (depending on geographical region) because CCBL can work with liquid components at +20°C. As for the time; the CCBL units have a scalable solutions with 6, 12, 18… – 30 MT/h capacity range. Additional feature is minimum batch 1 MT, that allows one to reduce storage area for finished product.


cold blending is possible


flow and pressure rates to obtain an effective cavitation process. In other cases the machine either burns the oil or turns it into the water viscosity.


The CCBL process works in three phases – first (in first column) is the hard cavitation blending, sticking the additives parts with the base oil molecules, provided by the micro heaters generating during the imploding gas bubbles. The second phase (second column) is softer, making a homogenisation of the mix after the first column. The third phase appears in finished tank, driving the soft mechanical blending by moving the rest of air bubbles to the tank’s top.


The CCBL technology can provide high quality blending of the components and reach high levels of homogenisation. The CCBL technology generates a stable colloidal structure, that performs as high quality lubricant even after a long laying period. The main differences can be seen at the Figure 1, showing microscope photo (zoom x450). The left picture shows typical engine oil 10W40, bought from a dealer. The right picture shows the same oil processed by CCBL. Conclusion? After implementation the CCBL can improve the “old storage” products without any influence on their parameters and improves homogenisation.


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LUBE MAGAZINE NO.132 APRIL 2016


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