Diesel Fuels: Specifications and Test Methods


    Early Bird Fee: $1,305.00

    Standard Fee: $1,450.00


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    San Francisco, CA

    10/11/2016 - 10/13/2016

    Holiday Inn Golden Gateway
    1500 Van Ness Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94109

    415-441-4000

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    Houston, TX

    11/29/2016 - 12/1/2016

    Crowne Plaza Houston Galleria
    7611 Katy Freeway
    Houston, TX 77024

    713-680-2222

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    Early Bird Discount

    ASTM automatically applies a discount of 10% when participants register 60 days prior to the start of the class.
    *After the early bird period expires, registrations are subject to standard pricing.


    About the Course

    This course covers a wide range of diesel fuel issues including specifications (ASTM D975 and other standards), test methods, sampling and quality control, distribution, current issues and alternate fuels like biodiesel.

    There will be extensive discussion of diesel fuel lubricity, low temperature operability, and sulfur content. Participants will gain an understanding of the interconnection of diesel fuel with other fuels and the impacts of quality requirements on refinery production and product availability.


    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of this course you will be able to:

    • Discuss the significance of the requirements
    • Interpret product inspections
    • Describe the impact of product quality on diesel engine applications
    • Discuss current fuel issues and challenges.


    Who Should Attend

    Anyone needing an understanding of diesel fuel specifications, test methods, sampling, quality control and current diesel fuel issues. The course is especially suitable for those new to fuels, in both hands-on positions and supervisory or managerial roles in:

    • Petroleum companies
    • Pipeline and terminal operation
    • Petroleum testing laboratories
    • Federal, state / provincial and local regulatory agencies
    • Fuel marketers and purchasing department
    • Engine and fuel injection / fuel system manufacturers
    • Environmental companies
    • Consumer groups
    • Attorneys involved in petroleum-related litigation

    A technical or scientific background is not required.


    Course Description

    Registration: 8:00-8:30 AM on the first day
    Class: 8:30 AM-4:30 PM on the first two days. Following lunch on the third day the class will tour a testing laboratory if possible.

    Day 1

    • Crude oil to petroleum products
    • Diesel fuel specifications
    • Diesel fuel test methods: lubricity, low temperature operability, sulfur

    Day 2

    • Diesel fuel - additional requirements
    • Chemistry & refining
    • Diesel Fuel Additives
    • On-Highway / Off-highway / locomotive / marine / heating oil
    • Alternative diesel fuel biodiesel
    • Diesel fuel & diesel engine issues

    Day 3

    • Key ASTM Guide
    • Static electricity & microbial contamination
    • Storage & handling
    • Sampling practices
    • Quality Assurance / Quality Control / Repeatability / Reproducibility
    • Recent diesel fuel issues
    • Tour of a testing facility, OEM site or terminal operation, as possible.


    Referenced Documents

    D56, D86, D93, D130, D445, D482, D524, D613, D975, D976, D1266, D1319, D1552, D1796, D2274, D2500, D2622, D2624, D2709, D2880, D2887, D3120, D3828, D4057, D4177, D4294, D4306, D4308, D4539, D4737, D4865, D5453, D5771, D5772, D5773, D5854, D6079, D6217, D6371, D6468, D6469, D6751, D6890, D7039, D7170, D7371, D7467, D7501, D7619, D7688, E39


    Fee Includes

    • Referenced ASTM standards and course notes
    • Transportation to and from tour site
    • Coffee breaks
    • Course Completion Certificate with 2.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)


    About the Instructor

    Andy Pickard has worked in fuels and lubricants for more than 38 years. He has been a member of ASTM International for 25 years, participating in test method developments and product standards committees (diesel fuel and other middle distillate fuels, biodiesel, gasoline, ethanol, LPG, and heavy fuel oils). Following academic training in chemistry with a doctorate in organometallic chemistry, he spent 10 years with Imperial Oil (Exxon Mobil in Canada) and 24 years with Petro-Canada. A good part of that time was spent working between refineries, distribution, marketers and customers on fuel issues. He is now a consultant on fuels and technology support, and continues to participate in both ASTM and CGSB (Canadian General Standards Board) fuel standard developments.


    About Sponsoring Committee

    ASTM is one of the world's largest voluntary standards development organizations. ASTM standards have grown to be among the world's most widely used and accepted documents. The 82-volume Annual Book of ASTM Standards (available online, print, and CD-ROM) contain over 12,000 standards written by 34,000 members on our 140 technical committees. The standard referenced in this course was developed by Committee D02 on Petroleum Products, Liquid Fuels, and Lubricants. For information on Committee D02, contact Alyson Fick at (610) 832-9710 or go to our D02 technical committee page.


    ASTM Membership

    Attend this course and receive a FREE 1-year membership to ASTM International and Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants. (Applies to new members only and may not be used to renew existing memberships.)


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    On-Site Training Available

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    How Learning Will Be Assessed

    Learning will be assessed through a series of question and answer sessions.


    Attendee Praise

    Praise from recent attendees of the course:

    "This was a great course. The instructor made it very easy to follow."

    "It was a great training."

    "I really enjoyed the class. Lots of information presented in a clear and concise manner."

    "Excellent course. Will suggest this course to future diesel blenders in my organisation."

    "It was all valuable information."

    "Very informative and useful training. Thank you!"


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