Diesel Fuel Test Methods Hands-on Training

    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 four-day course covers all properties required for ASTM D975, the diesel fuel specification, and it consists of an in-class lecture portion and a hands-on training portion every day. Participants will perform the following ASTM methods using automatic instrumentation from Anton Paar:

    • D86 (Distillation)
    • D93 (Flash Point)
    • D4052 (Density)
    • D6371 (Cold Filter Plugging Point)
    • D7042 (Stabinger - viscosity & density)
    • D7545 (oxidation stability)

    The remaining property requirements in D975 will be discussed in detail. Course participants will receive detailed handouts and copies of the latest test methods for all D975 requirements.

    Additionally, learners will have access to the online course two weeks prior to the start of the event.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    • Discuss evaluation techniques.
    • Recall the purpose of each test method and the significance of the respective property to diesel fuel quality.
    • Use automatic instrumentation to perform measurements in accordance with the test methods.

    Who Should Attend

    This "hands-on" training course is aimed at people performing test methods in the laboratory, their supervisors and managers, and quality assurance personnel. It is intended for laboratory technicians in refineries, service laboratories, state inspection labs, and other laboratories that use ASTM test methods to analyze diesel fuels and similar fuels. The course may also be appropriate for supervisors and managers of staff responsible for maintaining instruments and leading QA/QC programs. It is suitable for lab techs and new lab managers in:

    • Refinery Laboratories
    • Pipeline Labs
    • Regulatory Labs
    • Service Labs
    • Petroleum Testing Labs

    A technical or scientific background is not required, but laboratory training or experience is beneficial.

    Course Description

    Registration is 8:00 AM on the first day of class. Class start and end times each day is 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM.

    This course is complimentary to the ASTM training course: Diesel Fuel, Specifications and Test Methods, which describes the significance of the requirements for diesel fuel (and many related issues), but does not go into practical details of performing the corresponding test methods. This 4-day course will describe every requirement in the ASTM diesel fuel specification, D975, and focus on details of performing the test methods using automated instruments, training videos, and instruction in classroom and laboratory settings. A typical training day would consist of four hours of lecture on test method details and procedures, and four hours of hands-on training with mostly automated instruments. The following list gives the Table 1 requirements in ASTM D975, and the referenced test method.

    • D93, Flash Point, °C, min.
    • D2709, Water and Sediment, percent volume max
    • D86, Distillation Temperature, °C 90%, percent volume recovered
    • D445, Kinematic Viscosity, mm2/S at 40 °C
    • D482, Ash percent mass, max
    • D5453, Sulfur, ppm (ug/g)G max
    • D2622, percent mass, max
    • D130, Copper strip corrosion rating, max (3 h at a minimum control temperature of 50 °C)
    • D613, Cetane number, min
    One of the following properties must be met:
    1. D976-80, Cetane index, min
    2. D1319, Aromaticity, percent volume, max
    Operability Requirements
    • D2500, Cloud point, °C, max or
    • D4539/D6371, LTFT/CFPP, °C, max
    • D524, Ramsbottom carbon residue on 10% distillation residue, percent mass, max
    • D6079/D7688, Lubricity, HFRR @ 60 °C, micron, max
    • D2624/D4308, Conductivity, pS/m or Conductivity Units (C.U.), min

    Hands-On Training

    • D93, Automatic Flash Point
    • D86, Automatic Distillation
    • D2500 Manual Cloud Point
    • D6371, Automatic CFPP
    • D7042, Automatic Kinematic Viscosity
    • D4052, Density

    Fee Includes

    • All referenced ASTM standards and course notes
    • Course Completion Certificate with 2.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

    About the Instructors

    Andy Pickard has worked in fuels and lubricants for more than 45 years. He has been a member of ASTM International for 35 years, participating in test method developments and product specification committees (diesel fuel and other middle distillate fuels, biodiesel, gasoline, ethanol, LPG, aviation fuels, 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 ASTM and 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.

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    How Learning Will Be Assessed

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