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Fuel Oil Test
Fuel Oil Testing



Fuel Oil Test
1 Density The density of a delivered fuel is one of the
most important quality parameters determining
the suitability of a fuel for on board use.
2 Pour Point Knowledge of the pour point can ensure storage
temperatures are maintained to prevent solidification, especially important in the cooler regions of the world.
3 Viscosity Many bunkers are either stipulated, ordered,
or delivered by viscosity alone. A quick check on
the delivered viscosity is still, therefore, a good
indicator of the quality.
4 Water Content Water content in a delivered fuel, whatever the source, is a contaminant and represents loss of energy - and hence money.
5 Salt Water Sea water contamination of fuel oils can be
associated with deliveries, especially by barge,
shell plate, tank leakage and even occasionally
heavy weather.
6 Compatibility/
Stability
Unmanageable qualities of sludge can form during
the mixing of two or more fuels. Apart from
the difficulties of dealing with this sludge,
serious and expensive damage can occur if it
finds its way into the engine.
Microbiological Test
13 Microbes These tests are for detecting microbiological
activity in distillate fuels and lubricating oils.
The tests identify: Bacteria, Fuel degraders,
Fungi and Sulphate reducing bacteria.

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