MANUAL Published: 08 November 2019

Chapter 27 | Analysis of Liquid Fuels and Lubricants


In this chapter, we discuss several tests for the analysis of liquid fuels and lubricants. The analytical methods described are for base oils, formulated lubricants, and selected biofuels. Tests for formulated lubricants are further divided into new and used lubricants and those for specific types of lubricants (e.g., transmission fluids). The complete list of ASTM methods discussed in this chapter is given in Table 1. Many of the tests described in this chapter are used by manufacturers to ensure the quality of new base oils, components, or finished lubricants. Other tests may be applied to simulate the performance of finished lubricants in actual use. In either case, the ASTM methods allow manufacturers and end users to compare products under carefully defined conditions.

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Pathiparampil, Annie
Chevron Corp., Richmond, CA, US
Tucker, Larry
Metrohm USA, Riverview, FL, US
Birke, Mike
Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, TX, US
Roby, Stephen
Chevron Corp., Richmond, CA, US
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Developed by Committee: D02
Pages: 1069–1083
DOI: 10.1520/MNL3720150035
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-7090-2
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