Studies on effectiveness and on minimum requirements
Within the scope of a research project, the Oel-Waerme-Institut examines the effectiveness of mineral oil additives and their fulfillment of minimum requirements (no-harm-criteria) in additized fuels.
Additives serve quality assurance and fulfill specific functions, for instance by improving the oxidation stability of mineral oil products or by protecting metallic surfaces against corrosion.
The focus is on the question to what extent the increasing diversification and aging processes of fuels during their storage affect the effectiveness of additives or even have negative effects due to unexpected interactions.
Based on studies, measures shall be derived to improve existing additives and to develop new ones. The results could contribute to increase the operational safety of technical systems, such as heating oil systems and engines.
When placed on the market, fuels fulfill standardized characteristics, which are partially adjusted with additives. In technical systems, fuels are subjected to heavy load, which lead to aging and by that to a change in their characteristics.
The normed characteristics might no longer be complied and, in rare cases, unexpected malfunctions may occur. Analyses that reflect the current state of the fuels are anchored in fuel standards, so that an assessment of the behavior of additives and fuels during operation is not possible.
The current technical, economic and scientific questions affect the mineral oil industry, the bio fuel industry, the raw material industry, the burner industry and the automobile industry.
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