Analysis of oil and fuels

Paul Boughton

Analytical X-ray specialist, PANalytical, has launched Oil-Trace, a package that enables complete XRF analysis of all types of fuels, oils and oil derivatives.

Running under PANalytical’s established SuperQ analysis software, Oil-Trace has been specifically designed to overcome the traditional challenges associated with XRF analysis of oils.

By automatically correcting for dark-matrix composition as well as variations in sample density and volume, it dramatically reduces the number of calibrations normally needed for different sample types. Analysis is accurate and reliable over a wide concentration range (0-100 per cent).

Oil-Trace is designed for use with PANalytical’s high power wavelength-dispersive X-ray fluorescence (WDXRF) systems. It is a standard feature of the new Axios-Petro, and its predecessors – MagiX, PW2404 and PW2400 series– can be upgraded with Oil-Trace as required.

Use of Oil-Trace is very straightforward. It is supplied complete with liquid standards for the characterisation of the sample matrix in terms of C, H and O, analysis templates and tools required for successful testing.

The pre-defined methods established with the software comply with international norms and methods and all the data generated is transferable to any of the other Super Q modules for further analysis.

The easy and time-efficient analysis, often at-line, offered by Oil-Trace is set to prove particularly valuable for the analysis of: bio-fuels and fuel mixtures; restricted elements and wear metals in oils; chlorine in compressor oils; metals in catalysts; and catalyst poisons.

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