Petroleum testing is most commonly used in the petroleum industry, to test product, product components and petroleum byproducts of crude oil, fuel, natural gas, shale oil, and upstream oil and gas. Other petroleum testing applications: Instruments exist to test all aspects of petroleum – everything from viscosity, to flash point, ability to reduce friction, and different measurements of physical properties, purity, behavior and stability.
Petroleum testing is also used to text other formats of petroleum such as wax-based products. Other applications of petroleum testing include food product testing and environmental monitoring of petroleum in soil and water.
What instruments are used in petroleum testing?
Petroleum instruments include flash point testers, distillation equipment, vapor pressure analyzers, oxidation stability analyzers, trace metals analyzers, octane number analyzers, water content, density meters, and viscometers. There are hundreds of tests, including ASTM ISO protocols, for petroleum testing.
Where to start with petroleum testing?
Depending upon the setting, it may be best to send samples out for testing instead of housing and maintaining instruments in-house. For near-production and in-house testing and rapid turnaround, some select instrumentation will be needed.
For chemical analysis: elemental analyzers, such as combustion analyzers, sulfite analyzer, and mass spectrometers offer a variety of solutions to analyze the chemical composition of petroleum-based products.
For physical testing: viscometers, rheometers, and flash point testers are just a few of the various laboratory testing systems used in petrochemical testing.
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