Ask the Expert: Why does diesel fuel have such a range in quality?

March 16, 2018
Additive packages can be administered to improve fuel quality.

Q: Why does diesel fuel have such a range in quality?

A: Fuel production variances in the refining process create different values of cetane, BTU’s, viscosity, specific gravity, heat value, pour point, cloud point, flash point, sulfur and water in diesel fuel. To compensate, additive packages can be administered by the refinery, distributor, or at the terminal to improve fuel quality. The blending of fuels for the particular season is also a common practice which can create a range of quality and changes in additives.

Information provided by: Hot Shot's Secret

About the Author

Chris Gabrelcik | President and Owner

Chris Gabrelcik is president and owner of Lubrication Specialties, Inc., manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret additives and oils .

Chris has certifications both as Lubrication Specialist (CLS) and Oil Management Analysis (OMA). Beginning with formulations for industry machinery, Chris has directed the company to its current role as a global leader in the development of fuel and oil additives for multiple markets including the automotive and heavy duty transportation aftermarket.

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