From analysis of Crude Oil, Gases and Condensates, to testing the fuels that drive New Zealand and the South West Pacific, IPL offers the largest range of fuel testing services.
Within the oil industry, the downstream component encompasses commercially refined natural gas and products derived from crude oil. These include liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), gasoline/petrol, jet fuel, diesel, other fuel oils, bitumen and petroleum coke.
Downstream testing services include analysis and recertification of:
• Aviation fuels – Jet fuel and Aviation Gasoline
• Automotive and Marine fuels - Diesel , Petrol, Fuel Oil, Biofuels (Biodiesel and petrol/ethanol blends)
Some critical tests are for the products above are:
RON - Research Octane Number and MON - Motor Octane Number
IPL has three (3) octane engines designed to determine the anti-knock characteristics of the fuel. Knock is a high pitch, metallic rapping noise and can cause loss of performance and damage to engines.
IPL uses automatic technology to determine the distillation curve of fuel at atmospheric pressure. This curve is often used to characterise the volatility of the fuel. These characteristics are critical to the performance and safety of engines, especially during start-up and warm-up.
Density is one of the fundamental physical properties used for conversion of measured volumes, to a known volume (or weight) at a specified temperature. It is a measure of potential contamination. IPL uses many automated and manual density measurement techniques.
The appearance of fuels can give an indication of contamination by water, particles or other fuels. Appearance is measured with a combination of visual and automated water content techniques.
Click here to find out more about the different type of fuels we can test.
Another year full of successful project entries for the WITT Taranaki Science and Technology Fair. Our lovely Pam Chung attended the event and also helped judge the projects on display. Pam was truly amazed by the level of detail and the precision of the scientific processes followed by some of the participants. “I thought the kids did a great job at noting down and presenting evidence of their work at each step of their investigation”. It was great to hear back from Pam about how impressed she was by the thoroughness of some of our scientists in making. Read More ›