Work Item
ASTM WK57674

New Specification for Oxygenated Microemulsion Diesel Test Fuel Blends (5 % to 20 %)

1. Scope

The scope of the Committee shall be the promotion of knowledge and the promulgation of standard specifications, classifications, test methods, practices, guides, and terminology in the following technical fields:
Liquid fuels derived from: petroleum or the liquefaction of coal, shale, oil sands, or other naturally occurring materials; liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and other compressed liquefied fuels; liquid fuels derived from biological materials ('biofuels'); synthesized liquid fuels (also known as renewable or alternative fuels) and oxygenates as fuels or components thereof. Such liquid fuels encompass fuels used for aviation, automotive, burner, diesel, gas turbine, and marine services.
Lubricants derived in whole or in part from petroleum and non-petroleum sources, including synthetics (such as ester lubricating oils), biological, or naturally occurring (mined) materials;
Hydraulic fluids whether derived in whole or in part from petroleum or from other sources;
Liquid hydrocarbons (including liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), and mixtures of hydrocarbons, for chemical and special uses, and fuel products derived therefrom;
Petroleum coke, industrial carbons, and industrial pitches derived in whole or in part from petroleum liquids;
Petrolatum and petroleum waxes;
Additives and other substances which affect the product characteristics of fuels, lubricants, and other products within the scope of the Committee.
Also included within the scope of the Committee shall be the promotion of knowledge and the promulgation of standards on the environmental persistence (biodegradation), ecotoxicity, and bioaccumulation of the products indicated in Section 2.1.
Specifically excluded from the scope of the Committee are standards related to the following technical areas:
Gaseous fuels, including natural gas (including LNG and CNG), hydrogen and manufactured gases such as water gas;
Aromatic and naphthenic hydrocarbons containing six or more carbon atoms, and used in chemical manufacture;
Road and paving materials, bituminous waterproofing and roofing materials;
Paint thinners, solvents;
Electrical insulating materials.
The work of this Committee shall be coordinated with other ASTM International committees and with organizations having mutual interests.


middle distillate fuels, blendstock, microemulsion


This ballot is needed to ensure consistency and quality for a product that is to be produced and used in the state of California as part of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard pursuant to California Assembly Bill AB 32. This test fuel is intended for use in specific fleets for controlled testing and demonstration purposes. There are currently no existing specifications that describe this test fuel. Development of a standard through a recognized consensus or standards writing organization is required by the California Department of Food and Agriculture BPC Chapter 14 Sections 13400-13630 and California Air Resources Board 13 CCR 2293. Values specified as tbd [to be determined] are pending testing, and will be specified as data is collected, but expected to be included in the specification. This is the first ballot item to obtain input from a wider group of stakeholders, and we specifically ask individuals to comment on the contents of the ballot. A previous ballot for the specification of the blendstock from which this test fuel will be blended also received multiple objections commenting that the specification for the test fuel should be developed first.

The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.


Developed by Subcommittee: D02.E0

Committee: D02

Staff Manager: Alyson Fick

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 02-05-2017

Technical Contact: Kristen Aramthanapon

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