Testing For Petroleum Products and Fuels
Fuel analysis is starting to prove beneficial with regards helping find out why a vehicle has failed. There are many specifications and standard test methods such as ISO, ASTM, IP, DIN, EN, GOST to evaluate fuel quality that requires very precise fuel analysis, especially for sulfur content. Elements like nickel, vanadium and iron in residual fuel oil (bunker fuel) and catalyst fines like aluminium and silicon in fuel oil are additional parameters of interest.
Our technology for fuel analysis allows the industry to measure from below 10 ppm up to percentage levels of sulfur in fuels to guarantee compliance with federal government agency requirements, predict SOx emissions or the value of crude oil. Trace metal analysis is also very important to measure low levels of metal elements, such as lead, potassium, manganese, aluminium, silicon, nickel, vanadium and iron, to ensure that the fuels from “today and the future” continue to be optimized for engine emission as well as to provide trouble-free motoring.
Diesel washing has become commonplace, causing problems from many different perspectives. Chemicals are used to remove the dye, which can cause serious engine and corrosion problems. Water can be a by-product of the washing process which causes damage to injector pumps. Manufacturers will declare the warranty void if washed diesel was used in the vehicle. This leaves the owner to pursue the cost of repairs from the garage from where the diesel was purchased. It is therefore vital that fuels bought from an unknown or new source should be tested for quality and specifically for the presence of marker dye and Sulphur content levels. The Sulphur content level cannot be reduced during the washing process and can be a clear indication of whether the fuel has been tampered with as well as residual dye left behind.