Fuel and lubricant quality testing, quality control and conformance testing

By ensuring the quality of new or stored fuels and lubricants, you can prevent costly machine downtime and failures caused by using a product that doesn’t meet its quality requirements. Product quality inspections can also help you improve storage instructions and protect your brand as a result of less failures. Our laboratory holds extensive capabilities ranging from routine tests to several specialized tests and technical investigations, along with decades of experience in this field.

The products are tested to international ISO, ASTM, DIN standards and MIL specifications, covering over 200 test methods where more than 40 methods are accredited to ISO/IEC 17025. 

Our quality control analysis services of new and stored fuels and lubricants cover:

Fuel

  • Biofuel
  • Jet fuel
  • Gasoline
  • Diesel fuel
  • Aviation gasoline

Oil

  • Engine Oil
  • Hydraulic Oil
  • Instrument Oil
  • Transmission Oil
  • Aviation Turbine Oil
  • Corrosion Preventive Oil

Grease

  • Lubricating grease
  • Solid film lubricant
  • Corrosion preventive grease
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Typical Properties

Chemical & Physical Characteristics
  • Viscosity
  • Density
  • Distillation
  • Additive levels
  • Lubricity
  • Thermal characteristics
  • Corrosion prevention
  • Flash point
Contaminants
  • Particles/sediment
  • Decomposition products
  • Water
  • Microorganisms
  • Wear Metals
  • Soluble contaminants
  • Trace elements
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Technical Investigations

Element acts as an independent party in technical investigations related to fuels and lubricants, including:

  • Failure investigations
  • Product contamination
  • Additive effects
  • Compatibility studies
  • Standard and method development
Fuel Systems Testing
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Aircraft Fuel Systems Testing

Our experts can condition high pressure, air, oil, or fuels to extreme high or low temperature conditions while sustaining flow. For example, for fuel icing testing, Element experts can condition fuel to sub zero temperatures, while maintaining flow and pressure conditions.

Icing

Three high capacity single pass, or recirculating test systems are available. Each of the test systems has the capability of cooling fuel down to -45 Deg F, and flowing hot oil up to 350 Deg F. Single pass capacities are 4000 Gallons, 2800 Gallons, and 1800 Gallons. Element can perform steady state icing, and transient ice tests. Test samples of the fuel are taken at the inlet to the system to verify the proper ice concentration levels have been obtained. 

Contamination

Predetermined contamination media is homogenized and injected in a calibrated fashion into the fuel system as it is in operation. System operation is monitored continuously for anomalies. Samples are taken at agreed upon time intervals, and analyzed to make sure the proper amount of solid and liquid particulate has passed through the Fuel System.

In both Icing and Contamination tests, Element has 400HP drives and gearboxed to interface with the Fuel System main pumps. Elements data acquisition and controls can interface with the Fuel System Controls to simulate all phases of operation (i.e. Takeoff, Cruise, Descent, Landing).

Full Engine Fuel System Icing & Contamination Testing
  • Main fuel pump

  • Fuel Metering Unit (FMU)

  • Fuel-Oil Heat Exchanger

  • Replication of physical engine installation, including all components and tubing

  • Simulation of Multiple Flight Cycles

  • Fuel System Contamination