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Diesel Fuel Test Methods - An Overview

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About the Course
This 1-day course on test methods for diesel fuel has been especially developed for the Gulf Coast Conference. It draws some material from the regular 3-day ASTM Diesel Fuel Course, and adds specific details about manual and automated test methods that are used to evaluate batches of diesel fuel. Original test methods were manual procedures, and over the past few decades, instrument manufacturers have developed automated instruments to measure many properties.
Topics Include

Subjects to be discussed include:

  • ASTM D975, the diesel fuel specification used in the States;
  • Detailed properties and the relevant test methods;
  • Types of properties and test methods
  • Manual test methods versus automated test methods;
  • Relationships between various properties such as sulfur & lubricity / conductivity, gasoline contamination and flash point / viscosity; paraffin (wax) content and low temperature operability;
  • Additives used in diesel fuel and their impact on properties.
  • ASTM Standards Referenced

    ASTM standards that will be referenced include:

      Diesel fuel specification: D975
      Flash point: D93, D56, D3828, D7094
      Water & Sediment: 2709, D7619
      Distillation: D86, D2887, D7344, D7345
      Kinematic Viscosity: D445, D7042
      Ash: D482
      Sulfur: D5453, D7039, D129, D1266, D1552, D2622, D3120, D4294, D7220
      Copper Corrosion: D130
      Cetane Quality: D613; D4737, D976, D6890, D7668, D8183
      Aromatics: D1319, D976-80
      Low Temperature Operability: D2500, D5771, D5772, D5773, D4539, D6371, D7683, D7689
      Carbon Residue: D524
      Lubricity: D6079, D7688
      Conductivity: D2624, D4308
    Fee Includes

    • All referenced ASTM standards and course notes
    • Lunch and coffee breaks
    • Course Completion Certificate with .7 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

    About the Instructor

    Mr. David R. Forester has over 40 years of experience in the fuel and refining additive business and has over 35 US patents on development of diesel and jet fuel additives, refinery antifoulants, and other refinery and process related additives. He has designed, implemented and/or automated many fuel test methods, including many ASTM standards. He has been a member of ASTM Committee D02 for over 20 years and currently serves as Chairman of Subcommittee D02.14 Stability and Cleanliness of Liquid Fuels which has jurisdiction for 49 ASTM standards, test methods, practices and guides. Mr. Forester has authored or co-authored multiple SAE and IASH papers or presentations, and authored Chapter 11, "Methods for Assessing Stability and Cleanliness of Liquid Fuels," in Significance of Tests for Petroleum Products 9th Edition published 2018 by ASTM. He was the "fuels" associate editor for the 2nd edition revision to The Fuels and Lubricant Handbook published 2019 by ASTM.

    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.

    How Learning Will Be Assessed

    Learning will be assessed through discussions. Participants are expected to ask questions if an issue is unclear to them.


    PAC is proud to sponsor this course at the 2022 Gulf Coast Conference Please visit them here.