Central criterion: operational safety
On the basis of the results of the test procedures, valid statements about the behavior of fuels, additives, components and entire systems under application-related conditions are possible, revealing, for example, fuel- and material-related risks. In addition, valuable material data on the changing chemical-physical properties of fuels in the course of aging processes are obtained, which can be used for fuel condition monitoring. On the basis of the constantly growing collection of know-how and data, OWI and TEC4FUELS can also act as consultants, pointing out technical paths and evaluating manufacturing processes and the potential of new fuels and market opportunities.
Test procedures developed at OWI and carried out by TEC4FUELS on behalf of customers include the rapid test for diesel injectors (ENIAK) and the ATESFUELS test, which can be used to investigate the compatibility of middle distillates with engine and heating components. These tests ensure that the industry does not experience any surprises during market launches. Companies that enter a field or fleet test or even a market launch with a new fuel, component or system need maximum operational reliability to protect themselves against recourse claims and damage to their image. „The knowledge gained from the application of the test methods not only provides an important basis for decision-making in product development, but also for the quality assurance of existing products“ says Mr. Lucka. „Ultimately, they lead to a high level of operational safety and service life of technical components.“
Which test methods are suitable for fuel and component tests, and what strengths they have, can be read in the third part of our series of articles.