Octane Testing

    2014 Annual Fee: $759.00

    2014 Schedule: April, August, December

    Sample amount distributed each test cycle: Approximately 1 gallon



    ABOUT THE PROGRAM

    ASTM’s Octane Rating and Proficiency Testing Program for Motor Gasoline provides laboratories with a statistical quality assurance (SQA) tool, enabling them to compare, improve, and maintain, a high level of performance in the use of ASTM methods with other laboratories worldwide. Octane engine testing, also known as "engine knock test", measures gasoline characteristics related to engine knocking using ASTM International Standards. Octane testing labs will measure gasoline samples from refineries, storage facilities, storage tanks and pipelines for octane ratings and many other gasoline fuel quality properties. As an added benefit, this program will use the same fuel as used in our Motor Gasoline Proficiency Testing Program, which contains a host of other ASTM test parameters since not all labs have the proper engine knock testing equipment; http://www.astm.org/STATQA/Motor_Gas.htm.

    Conducted three times annually, this program provides a different commercial sample, electronic report forms, and test instructions for each test cycle. Your laboratory performs the tests that you normally conduct within your own facility using the specified ASTM methods cited in the program.

    Samples, test instructions and data report forms are distributed electronically to each participant on the date samples are distributed. Labs have approximately 8 weeks to submit test data with the final statistical summary reports being electronically distributed in approximately 25 business days.

    For more information, contact us.


    WHY SHOULD YOUR LABORATORY PARTICIPATE?

    ASTM's Proficiency Test Program provides you with:

    • A useful and meaningful statistical quality assurance tool to monitor the strengths and weaknesses of your laboratory's performance in conducting testing.
    • The resource you need to satisfy proficiency testing elements of laboratory accreditation.
    • A periodic comparison of test results with other participating laboratories.

    Should you have an issue with your published results, please write to ptp@astm.org with your lab number and account number.


    TEST MATERIALS

    One gallon of motor gasoline will be used in the program for each test cycle.


    TEST PARAMETERS

    • ASTM D2699 Standard Test Method for Research Octane Number of Spark-Ignition Engine Fuel
    • ASTM D2700 Standard Test Method for Motor Octane Number of Spark-Ignition Engine Fuel

    NOTE: ASTM International reserves the right to revise this list of parameters without notice.


    DISTRIBUTION OF SAMPLES

    Test samples are prepared and distributed for ASTM International by Clark Labs in Jefferson Hills, PA. Program registration fees include the cost of shipping the test samples to U.S. participants or, for international participants, to a third-party shipping agent located in the U.S.

    IMPORTANT for International participants: You have the following options for receipt of samples:

    • Ship through a third party shipping agent - Provide ASTM International with the complete contact information of a designated Shipping Agent located in the U.S. who will be responsible for shipping samples from the U.S. to your facility. Participants are responsible for making financial and shipping arrangements directly with the shipping agent.
      • Please be advised that when samples are shipped, an e-mail is sent only to the contact of record on your ASTM PTP account. It is the customer’s responsibility to advise their designated shipper that the sample has been shipped.
      • We cannot permit shipping agents to pick up samples at our distributors’ warehouses.
    • Samples ship directly from the sample distributor via UPS, DHL, or FEDEX - Provide ASTM International with your shipping account number to cover shipping charges. Check that your carrier will deliver the test materials to your location. Materials classified as Hazardous may have restrictions.

    PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    Participation is on an annual fee basis and is open to all laboratories. Registration fees must be paid in advance to participate. Testing must be performed within the participant's laboratory facilities. A laboratory does not need to perform all the program tests to participate.


    ABOUT ASTM INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE D02 ON PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND LUBRICANTS

    Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants, consisting of over 2350 members and developer of over 800 ASTM International standards, provides the technical direction for the program. Test information generated through the program is utilized by Committee D02 to determine if modifications to ASTM International methods or new methods are warranted and to analytically review program test results. (All data and related information generated from the program is coded to maintain lab confidentiality.)