Gasoline Analysis and Testing – What You Need to Know

Gasoline Analysis and Testing – What You Need to Know

Testing gasoline is important for refiners, blenders, distributors, cargo custody transfers and gas stations. You should always use an ASTM certified company to handle the testing needs. Our gasoline tests include options for blended gasoline, regulatory specifications, EN, ASTM, IP, and pipeline specifications, among others. With our gasoline analysis, you can find out if there are microbes, water, or other contaminants that might be harmful to the gasoline tanks or fuel inside and meet all requirements for the ASTM D4814 specifications.

Gasoline is made up with a blend of highly volatile liquid compounds. Due to regulatory requirements, refiners, fuel blenders, fuel distributors, cargo custody transfers and gas stations have to test their fuel regularly to ensure they are meeting the current standards.

Here is a list of the gasoline tests we can perform:

Gasoline Tests Available
  • ASTM Distillation Test for Gasoline
  • Octane Number by Mid IR
  • Silver Strip Corrosion Test for Gasoline
  • Mercaptan Sulfur
  • Sulfur Content
  • Oxidation Stability
  • Benzene Content
  • Drivability Index
  • Oxygenate Content
  • Existent Gum
  • Vapor-Liquid Ratio
  • Reid Vapor Pressure
  • Others Upon Request
What Is the ASTM Distillation Test for Gasoline?

The ASTM Distillation test for gasoline is one of the standard method used. We can measure the boiling point profile and establish a temperature range table for a batch of fuel at atmospheric pressure. The distillation curve is established from the ASTM D86 method.

This method establishes a temperature profile and can be used to determine volatility characteristics of the gasoline to see if it’s suitable and safe to use.

What Is the Silver Strip Corrosion Test for Gasoline?

The silver strip test may help determine how corrosive the fuel is. What we do is suspend a polished silver strip into 30 ml of gasoline, which was heated @ 50oC  for three hours. When that period is over, we take out the silver strip, wash it, and check the tarnish level and color of it. This tells us how corrosive the gasoline is.

Reasons to Pursue Gasoline Testing

Most people use our gasoline testing services for regulatory purposes. If you store, use or produce gasoline at your job site, the EPA is always involved. This regulatory body wants to make sure that you’re doing things correctly, and you have to test your gasoline at periodic intervals to maintain good standing.

Other reasons to consider gasoline testing include:

  • Fuel research
  • Trace contaminants and components
  • Energy values
  • Fuel additives
  • Pipeline co-mingled or trans-mix fuels
Conclusion

Whether you’re required to test your gasoline or not, it’s always a good idea. Before your customers put it in a machine and cause significant damage, you should call us. We have the tools and skills you need to test your gasoline and analyze its properties. That way, you know that you are up to the specifications required for your industry. If there is a problem, we can help you solve it! Contact us today to discuss your specific gasoline testing requirements.