MANUAL Published: 07 July 2016

Specifications—What They Are, Why We Have Them, and How They Are Used


This chapter defines specifications, explains their value, and describes how specifications are used by government bodies, material producers, and material users to successfully manage their operations. It focuses on fuel standards that are most commonly adopted by U.S. state and federal regulatory agencies, how those standards are used to establish performance limits, and the most common properties that are routinely enforced by regulatory agencies.

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Jennings, Randy
Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Nashville, TN, US
Smith, N.
North Carolina Department of Agriculture, Raleigh, NC, US
Hayes, Ronald
Missouri Department of Agriculture, Jefferson City, MO, US
Benjamin, Stephen
North Carolina Department of Agriculture, Raleigh, NC, US
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Developed by Committee: D02
Pages: 3–7
DOI: 10.1520/MNL6920150004
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-7076-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-7075-9