Determination of Metals in Biofuels

A proposed ASTM standard will provide a means to test and evaluate alternate fuel sources, such as biofuels, for metals. The proposed standard (WK54683 Test Method for Determination of Metals in Biofuels by Microwave Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometry (MPAES)) is being developed by Committee D02 on Petroleum Products, Liquid Fuels, and Lubricants.

ASTM member Patrick Simmons, of Agilent Technologies, Inc., says, “Methods to perform analysis of metal elements in fuels has many benefits to society. Purely from a performance perspective, control of contaminant metals in the final fuel product can mean a more efficient engine performance is achieved.”

The standard will be primarily used by a variety of laboratories owned by the government, petrochemical products testers, biofuel producers, and more.

Committee D02 is seeking volunteer laboratories with MPAES for present and future ILS oil testing.

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ASTM Committee D02 on Petroleum Products, Liquid Fuels, and Lubricants Next Meeting: Dec. 4-8, 2016, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Technical Contact: Patrick Simmons, Agilent Technologies Inc., tel +1.281.813.9664; 
ASTM Staff Contact: Alyson Fick, tel +1.610.832.9710; 


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