petroleum analytical testing Articles

  • The Effect of Biodiesel Feedstocks on Infrared Blend Measurements

    This White Paper addresses the common concern among biodiesel blenders and distributors as to whether or not biodiesel made from different feedstocks such as soy, waste vegetable oil or palm oil will affect the blend measurement.  The data presented, as well as the chemistry, shows that infrared measurements offer a reliable analytical technique for checking biodiesel blend. Portable ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Leveraging Standards in the Energy Resurgence

    An Interview with Fred Walas, P.E., Fuels Technology Manager, Marathon Petroleum Company Marathon Petroleum’s Fred Walas talks about today’s energy developments, sustainability at his company’s refineries and the crucial role of standards in fuel production and quality control. As the energy spectrum shifts in the United States, forms of resource extraction and ...


    By ASTM International

  • Maintaining biodiesel quality standards

    A problem that is sometimes encountered with biodiesel blends is inaccurate blend ratios. This article describes a quick analytical method to assess blend ratios and ensure fuel performance. According to a study1 done by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the chief problem found with biodiesel blends was inaccurate blend ratios. Retail customers and fleet managers do not typically worry ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Converting plant waste into biofuels

    Promising advances using yeast and fungi. Written by Nancy W. Stauffer. You can read the original story in MIT News MIT researchers are genetically engineering yeast to break down stubborn plant fibers into sugars that it can then ferment — a first ...

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