AD Systems SP10 Automated Smoke Point
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The SP10 Automated Smoke Point of Aviation Turbine Fuels and Kerosines is now officially part of ASTM D1322. Here is a link to the approved ASTM method. Please note the following statement included in the method:
1.2 An interlaboratory study was conducted in 2012 (see ASTM RR:D02-1747 for supporting data) involving 11 manual laboratories and 13 automated laboratories, with 15 samples tested in blind duplicate. The automated procedure demonstrated objective rating and superior control and should be considered the preferred approach.
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The Smoke Point method, in accordance with ASTM D1322, IP57, and ISO3014, is one of the oldest test methods in the petroleum industry. This test method provides an indication of the relative smoke producing properties of kerosenes and aviation turbine fuels in a diffusion flame. The smoke point is related to the hydrocarbon composition of such fuels. Generally, the more aromatic the fuel, the smokier the flame. A high smoke point indicates a fuel of low smoke producing tendency. Performing the smoke point test manually requires highly skilled technicians with years of experience. Additionally, the manual test is time consuming. The current visual rating method used for specification purposes suffers from the drawback of operator subjectivity. The visual measurement of an open flame is a challenging exercise and dangerous for lab personnel. The visual rating of the flame varies from one operator to another.
The SP10 Revolutionizes Smoke Point Testing
This unique automated instrument uses a patented system (License TOTAL RM) based on a video camera that measures the flame. The flame image is digitalized. The dedicated software determines the height of the flame when its shape corresponds to the one described in the test method. This specific flame is the one with the maximum height without smoke generation. The SP10 performs three determinations of the flame heights and reports the average value in strict accordance with the test method. The results are saved in an internal database and can be printed, transferred to a USB memory stick and/or sent to a LIMS. Every test is fully documented and traceable, which is imperative for aviation industry quality procedures.
The SP10 is an Automated Smoke Point instrument that strictly follows the test method while both eliminating the subjectivity inherent to the manual test and significantly improving repeatability and reproducibility. Additionally, the SP10 eliminates all safety risks linked to the visual observation of an open flame. The test can now be run unattended which drastically reduces labor costs.
The SP10 is a versatile instrument for routine applications at locations where quality of kerosenes and aviation turbine fuel is evaluated in accordance with test methods ASTM D1322, IP57, ISO3014, and BS 2000-57. The SP10 can be used at the following locations and more:
• Research and Development
• Independent Laboratories
• Aircraft Engine Manufacturers
• Quick, easy and objective rating
• Strictly mimics the manual method with greatly improved precision
• Increases safety—no open flame
• Reduced labor costs
• Provides fully documented and tracable test report
Note: Specifications subject to change.
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