Automotive and Marine Fuels Testing

Fuel properties are controlled by fuel standards and specifications which allow for the manufacture of consistently fit-for-purpose fuels that comply with all legislative controls and internal performance criteria.

The range of fuels testing we specialise in are:


Petrol or automotive gasoline: Petrol is a volatile, flammable liquid obtained from the refinement of petroleum, or crude oil. It was originally discarded as a by-product of kerosene production, but its ability to vaporize at low temperatures made it a useful fuel for many machines. Petrol contamination can come from the cross-mixing of different fuels. Tests such as octane ratings and ethanol content can identify contamination.

DieselDiesel or Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) is made from a mixture of heavy, light, hydro-cracked and de-sulphurised gas oils that result from the refining of crude products. It is manufactured mainly for automotive use but can also be utilised in diesel turbines for electricity production, railways, the marine industry and heating and furnace applications. As cross-mixing and water can contaminate the fuel, the most common diesel testing required is investigating contamination.


Fuel Oils: Fuel oils are manufactured by blending distillation residues with gas oil components according to market requirements. Fuel oils are mainly used to drive engines used in heavy industry applications such as for power generation, steam generation, marine fuel and industrial burners. A range of different fuel oils are manufactured, according to the requirements of the end user.

BiofuelsLiquid biofuels offer an alternative fuel for all types of internal combustion engines such as Bioethanol (substitute to petrol), Biodiesel (substitute to diesel), Biojet (substitute to Jet A-1), bio oils/bio crude (substitute to bunker oil in marine-type engines). IPL has developed the full test suite as per the New Zealand Engine Fuel Specification Regulations 2011.

 

 

 Some of the critical tests include: 
 Appearance             
 Density
 Distillation
 MON - Motor Octane Number  
 RON - Research Octane Number
 Sulphur

rigorous quality control system is applied to all tests and procedures to ensure that all aspects of method requirements are met. In New Zealand these are the Engine Fuel Specifications Regulations 2011 and IPL takes great care to ensure methods and guidelines are respected.

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