Distillate (diesel) fuels are organic in nature. From the time of manufacture (refining) until they are used, diesel fuels will degrade. Testing and analyzing fuel deliveries can alert the buyer to the quality of diesel fuel...
The amount of diesel fuel needed for analysis depends on the testing being done. Some tests require as little as an ounce of diesel fuel while others could require 1 to 5 gallons of diesel fuel. See the Test Package requirements or contact us with any...
If possible diesel fuel samples should be placed in a new or clean plastic or metal container. Glass should not be used to avoid breakage. Containers should be tightly sealed, lids taped and placed in a box with absorbent packing material to avoid...
When a sample arrives at Research Laboratories, Inc it is logged in the same day, assigned a lab control number, then placed in a queue to be tested. All test packages are completed in the order they are received. ...
A copy of the results and recommendations will be sent upon completion of the tests. Results can be emailed, mailed, or faxed to the designated contact person. All test results customers are considered private and...
Cost of diesel fuel analysis depends on the Test Package that is ran. Due to the variety of tests and Test Packages available, we do not publish a price list. Contact us for current pricing information.
Research Laboratories, Inc offers diesel fuel users a "Summer" test package. Testing requires a minimum of 400 mL (1 pint/16 fluid oz) of diesel fuel to complete all tests.
The Summer test package includes: API Gravity...
Research Laboratories, Inc offers diesel fuel users a "Winter" test package. Testing requires a minimum of 400 mL (1 pint/16 fluid oz) of diesel fuel to complete all tests.
The Winter test package includes:
Anti-Oxidants are fuel additives that retard the formation of fuel gums, sludges, sediment deposits and other oxidation by-products.
API Gravity is used to measure fuel weight. Heavy fuel is hard to burn and has a low API. Light fuel has less heat and less performance and has a higher API.
Ash is a naturally occurring non-combustible material in diesel fuel.
American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) is an international standards organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems, and services.
Atomization is the result of the breakdown of fuel into fine particles when it is injected into the
BTU is the measure of a diesel fuels energy output.
Cetane is a liquid hydrocarbon that is used in diesel fuels to increase ignition. 40 is a minimum cetane number. OEM's want a 50 cetane number.
A Cetane Engine is a laboratory test that runs fuel on an actual engine to determine a performance number.
The Cetane Index is solely dependent on the quality of the diesel fuel and is not affected by the addition of cetane improver additive. It is a calculated number from the distillation tests on the fuel and its specific gravity.
The Cloud Point (CP) is the temperature of the fuel when wax crystals begin to form and the appearance of the fuel begins to turn cloudy.
Cold Filter Plug Point - A laboratory test that measures the temperature when wax crystal restrict flow.
Crude Oil is an organic fossil petroleum as it come from the ground, before it is refined.
Diesel Fuel is used for ignition in a diesel engine.
Emulsification results when water becomes suspended in the diesel fuel.
Engine Deposits are non-combustible deposits of fuel.
Excessive engine exhaust smoking is the result of inefficient combustion and poor fuel burning.
The Flash Point of fuel is the temperature at which the vapors ignite.