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Subject: Under what conditions could naphthenic oil form a naphthalene?

Date: Tue Apr 3 12:50:59 2001
Posted by Stacy
Grade level: undergrad School: University of Toledo
City: Toledo State/Province: OH Country: No country entered.
Area of science: Chemistry
ID: 986316659.Ch

I work in an industrial lab and I analyze coolants and lubricating oils.  A 
major component of the coolants and oils is petroleum/naphthenic oil.  I have a 
situation where a certain oil is degrading a rubber material 
(fluoroelastomer).  I know the fluoroelastomer is not very resistant to 
chlorinated naphthalene.  The MSDS of the suspect oil lists one of the 
decomposition products as HCl, so the oil has a chlorinated additive.  Under 
what conditions, if any, could a naphthenic oil form a chlorinated 

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