Gasoline: Specifications, Testing, and Technology

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    Standard Fee: $1295

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    Houston, TX

    4/21/2015 - 4/23/2015

    Crowne Plaza Houston Galleria
    7611 Katy Freeway
    Houston, TX 77024


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    San Francisco, CA

    6/9/2015 - 6/11/2015

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    Atlanta, GA

    9/22/2015 - 9/24/2015

    Doubletree Atlanta-Buckhead
    3342 Peachtree Road, NE
    Atlanta, GA 30326


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    West Conshohocken, PA

    11/17/2015 - 11/19/2015

    ASTM Headquarters
    100 Barr Harbor Drive
    West Conshohocken, PA 19428


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    Discounted Rate Early Bird Discount: ASTM automatically applies a discount of 10% when participants register 60 days prior to the start of the class.
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    Learning Outcomes
    By the end of this course you will be able to:

    • Recall how gasoline and compositional variables affect engine performance
    • Recall how to interpret test data to determine if gasoline meets required specifications and regulations
    • Recall how to use octane blending equations and calculate volatility parameters
    • Define how quality is maintained throughout the distribution system
    • Discuss gasohol and other ethanol mixtures in gasoline
    • Discuss reformulated gasoline, and the requirements mandated by the 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act

    Who Should Attend
    A scientific background is not required for this course. It is intended for:

    • Petroleum Company Employees
    • Federal, State, and Local Regulatory Personnel
    • Laboratory Supervisors
    • Fuel Marketing Personnel
    • Pipeline Company Employees
    • Engine Mfg. and Testing Personnel
    • Attorneys Involved in Regulation Litigation
    • Anyone Involved in Purchase, Sale, Operations, or Distribution of Gasoline

    Course Description
    Registration: 8:00 am-8:30 am on 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 lab.

    Day 1

    • Gasoline Composition, Chemistry, Production, Blending, and Specs
    • Octane Measurements and Enhancers
    • CRC Vehicle Satisfaction Programs
    • Octane Requirement Increase Altitude and Climatic Adjustments Phase Separation and Water Tolerance Importance of Volatility
    • Vapor Pressure and Vapor Liquid Ratio
    • Distillation
    • ASTM Volatility Classes
    • Cold and Hot Starting and Drivability
    • CRC Drivability Programs
    • Drivability Indices
    • Evaporative and Exhaust Emissions
    • Impact of Volatility Regulations

    Day 2
    • Additives and Their Chemistry
    • Oxidation and Corrosion Inhibitors
    • Metal Deactivators
    • Engine Deposit Control Additives
    • Oxygenates
    • Chemistry of Alcohols and Ethers
    • Effects of Ethanol and Other Oxygenates
    • Effects on Volatility and Emissions
    • Water Sensitivity
    • CRC Oxygenate Drivability Programs Materials Compatibility
    • Reformulated Gasoline Requirements
    • Gasoline Distribution

    Day 3
    • Clean Air Act and 1991 Amendments
    • Reformulated Gasoline
    • EPA Testing Requirements
    • Regulatory Issues
    • Ozone Depletion
    • Carbon Monoxide Reduction
    • Maintenance of Quality Tour of a Fuel Testing Laboratory

    ASTM Standards Referenced
    Test Methods

    • D 86 Distillation of Petroleum Products
    • D 130 Detection of Copper Corrosion from Petroleum Products by Copper Strip Tarnish Test
    • D 381 Existent Gum in Fuels by Jet Evaporation
    • D 525 Oxidation Stability of Gasoline
    • D 1319 Hydrocarbon Types in Liquid Petroleum Products by Fluorescent Indicator Adsorption
    • D 2533 Vapor Liquid Ration of Spark-Ignition Engine Fuels
    • D 3606 Benzene and Toluene in Finished Motor and Aviation Gasoline by Gas Chromatography
    • D 4815 Determination of MTBE, ETBE,TAME, DIPE, tertiary-Amyl Alcohol and C1 to C4 Alcohols in Gasoline by Gas Chromatography
    • D 5191 Vapor Pressure of Petroleum Products (Mini Method)Practices
    • D 4057 Manual Sampling of Petroleum and Its Products Specifications
    • D 4814 Automotive Spark Ignition Engine Fuel

    Fee Includes
    Fee of $1295 Includes:

    • All Eleven Referenced ASTM Standards and Course Notes
    • Transportation To and From Tour Site
    • Refreshment Breaks
    • Course Completion Certificate with 2.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

    About the Instructor
    Salvatore J. Rand is an ASTM Fellow and a consultant in motor and aviation fuel technology. He is vice-chairman of ASTM Committee D-2 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants, former chairman of Subcommittee 5 on Properties of Fuels, and secretary of the section on Color and Reactivity. He is retired from the Fuels Research Division of Texaco's R&D Department. Rand received his B.S. degree in chemistry from Fordham University and his Ph.D degree in physical chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

    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 and Lubricants. For information on Committee D02, contact David Bradley at (610) 832-9681 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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    How Learning Will Be Assessed
    Learning will be assessed through a series of question and answer sessions.