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A Review of Biodiesel Testing Specifications and their Use in Middle Distillate Fuels

Room: South Lobby

Main Author
Raj Shah - Koehler Instrument Company, Inc.

Additional Authors
  • Philip Iaccarino - Stony Brook University
  • Kareem Mehdi - Stony Brook University
Abstract:

When considering middle distillate fuels, biodiesel is a good alternative as a result of its carbon neutral footprint, sustainability, and economic viability. Recently, there has been improvements in biodiesel quality testing, by developing better test methods. Without sufficient testing, biodiesel can create various issues when used as a fuel, such as engine clogging. One of such test methods is ASTM D6751, the Standard Specification for Biodiesel Fuel (B100) Blend Stock and Distillate Fuel. This specification sets requirements for B100 fuels, which must be tested in accordance with various test methods.

ASTM D6751 is an important method for biodiesel fuels since biodiesel production and consumption is growing in the United States, and the test method ensures that the biodiesel meets the consumer’s standards. With growing concerns of climate change and an increasing demand for fuel sources, biodiesel will be seen as a more tasteful fuel alternative for years to come. This poster will discuss the current state of biodiesel in the fuel market, and will review the significance requirements and recent changes of the various biodiesel test methods referenced in ASTM D6751.

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