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Oils & fuels

Elemental and trace analysis of catalysts, metals, detrimental elements and substances throughout the refining process is delivered by PANalytical’s X-ray fluorescence (XRF) solutions. XRF is a versatile and non-destructive method of analysis that has become established as vital to process and quality control applications.



Typical application include

  • Accurate quantitative analysis of oils, fuels and biofuel products for compliance with
    standard test methods and international norms regulations such as ASTM, IP, ISO
    and others. An example is sulfur analysis according to ASTM D2622-10 or ISO 14596
  • Accurate quantitative analysis of sulfur, aluminum, silicon, nickel vanadium and many
    other elements in products like fuels and used and unused lubrication oils
  • Elemental analysis of scalings in pipes, reactors and catalyst beds for root cause problem analysis

Zetium high-performance XRF spectrometers are the choice when speed and sample throughput are important, combined with the lowest detection limits. Application setup templates to support easy compliance with international oil and fuel standard test methods like ASTM and ISO are included. Oil-Trace software and setup samples provide one calibration package to cater for elemental analysis in many different oils, fuels, biofuels and blends.

Epsilon 1 for sulfur in fuels (ASTM D4294 and ISO 20847) and Epsilon 1 for additives in lubricating oils (ASTM D6481) offer dedicated cost-effective application solutions for a limited number of elements.

The most powerful and best-in-class energy dispersive Epsilon 3XLE XRF spectrometer has market leading light element performance to provide low detection limits for sulfur and other light elements.

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