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    Chapter 10—Petroleum Waxes, Including Petrolatums

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    In the early years of petroleum processing, the waxy materials that were separated were regarded as waste with no commercial value. Ultimately, however, wax products were recovered from the waste streams and, with the benefit of additional refining, were found to be useful replacements for natural waxes in many applications. A variety of grades of petroleum wax evolved that covered a broad range of physical properties. Now the petroleum wax product lines are in demand for a wide variety of uses. (It is of some interest to note that the end uses of wax are probably more diverse than the uses of any other petroleum product.)

    Committee/Subcommittee: D02.10

    DOI: 10.1520/STP42073S