Fuel Analysis

Analysis for Diesel, Aviation & Marine Fuels

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In many industries fuel is the largest single on-going operating cost. Maximizing fuel usage efficiency is key to reducing operating costs, and a WearCheck fuel analysis program is essential to achieving this efficiency. WearCheck's fuel analysis packages offer you a range of testing to ensure fuel quality and adherence to federal specifications, detect fuel contamination and degradation, and where a flammability hazard exists requiring fire risk assessment, that your fuel meets regulatory and insurance requirements.

WearCheck's fuel test packages cover all areas of analysis. An assessment of fuel quality and volatility assists to prevent power loss, carbon deposits and smoke formation and ensure optimum fuel performance for your machinery. Fuel stored in bulk tanks or standby equipment/generators are subject to the formation of degradation by-products and contamination. WearCheck's Fuel Analysis program is designed to monitor for degradation and contamination including water, sediment, and microbial growth that lead to corrosion, filter-plugging, and the deterioration of fuel performance and fuel system fouling.

WearCheck provides you with clear and concise directions, forms and sample bottles needed to submit fuel samples to the WearCheck laboratory. After you have taken fuel samples, from storage, delivery of machinery, simply fill out the information sheets and submit these forms with your samples to the laboratory.

WearCheck's fuel analysis is effectively used today for a broad range of fuels operating in a wide variety of industries including diesel fuel, aviation and marine fuels, and gas turbine fuel oils.

Test Test Method DescriptionDF1DF2DF3DF5
ICP Analysis
ASTM D5185
Determines the parts per million (ppm) of all wear metals (Fe, Cr, Ni, Pb, Cu…), contaminants (Si, Na, K….), and additives (Ca, P, Zn, Mg, Mo…).
Cetane Index
ASTM D4737
Standard test method for calculated cetane index by four variable equation. Cetane index provides a measure of fuel ignition quality.
Sulfur Content
ASTM D5185/5453
Measurement of the sulfur content in the fuel by dispersive X-ray Spectrometry or Inductively Couple Plasma (ICP) Spectrometry to verify S15, S500 or S5000 specification.
ASTM D445/D7279
Determine the viscosity of the oil at 40°C (non-engine), or 100°C (engine) to determine if oil is still within specification. High viscosity can indicate oxidation, low viscosity can indicate contamination, improper make-up oil.
Particle Count
ASTM D7647
Determine cleanliness levels of oil to ISO4406:1999. High particle count levels can indicate gross contaminant ingress, wear, filter by-pass or all of these issues.
ASTM D86/D2887
Determines quantitatively the boiling range characteristics of the fuel. Assists in the determination of the cetane index and closed-cup flash point and can identify impurities in the fuel. 
API Gravity/Density
ASTM D7777
Standard test method for density, relative density and/or API gravity of liquid petroleum by portable digital density meter. 
Flash Point
ASTM D93/D7215
Determination of the Pensky-Martens closed cup flash point by closed-cup testing apparatus or calculated from SimDis. Low flash points can present a flammability hazard.  
Could/Pour Point
ASTM D5771/D5950
Determination of the cloud point and/or pour point of the fuel to determine the low temperature operating range of the fuel.   
Water & Sediment
ASTM D1796/D2709
Determination of the amount of free water and sediment present in the fuel by centrifugal method. Excessive water causes corrosion and sediment can lead to fuel system fouling.
Microbial Content
ASTM D6469
Multi-day test wherein agar is inoculated with the fuel sample and the amount of bacteria, fungi and/or mold colonies developed are counted and reported.

- Test included with test package.
- Water & Sediment and Microbial Content testing is only performed when other tests warrant or by special request

Fuel Analysis

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WearCheck Fuel Analysis includes everything to set-up a complete Fuel analysis program. When you purchase a WearCheck Fuel analysis program you will receive our simplified sample kits (QR-coded bottles & sample forms with mailing packs). All WearCheck Fuel analysis programs include laboratory testing, sample diagnosis and recommendations, sample report, and access to our patented WebCheck™ system, and companion mobile application to manage your Fuel analysis program.

WearCheck offers additional programs for Fleet Vehicles, Off-Road Construction, Mobile Equipment, Fixed Plant Machinery, Marine Equipment, Wind Turbine Industry, Aviation/Avionics Systems, Advanced Oil Monitoring, Coolant Analysis, Thermal/Heat Transfer Fluid Analysis, Transformer Fluid Analysis, Grease Analysis, Wear Particle Analysis, Honeywell TPE-331/TFE-731 SOAP Service.

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