Fuel is one of the best sources of energy for mankind and is crucial to the smooth functioning of the world as we know it. There are aspects to the composition of fuel that determine its quality and fitness to be used in machinery and vehicles etc.
Otherwise, it could create serious problems for the machinery it is being used to power as well as the person operating it. Worst case scenario, people could lose their lives. The slightest change in the chemical composition of the fuel could prove to be hazardous. This is why fuel testing has been made compulsory by the quality control and assessment bodies.
A deliberate set of standards has been set concerning different aspects of fuel's composition that needs to be met for the fuel to be considered safe. Fuel testing kits or equipment is used to assess the quality of fuel based on these preset standards.
Types of Fuel Testing Equipment
There are two types of equipment used for fuel testing, namely:
Chemical Fuel Testing Equipment Chemical fuel testing equipment tests the chemical properties of fuel and mainly consists of sulfite and combustion analyzers. Moreover, spectrometers are also included in the chemical fuel testing equipment. This type of fuel testing mainly concentrates on sulfur due to its impact on the environment and significance to certain petroleum-based fuel.
Physical Fuel Testing Equipment Physical fuel testing equipment is used to assess the physical properties of the fuel. It involves the use of flashpoint analyzers and rheometers as well as viscometers etc.
Types of Fuel Testing Kits
Different fuel testing kits are used for testing different aspects of fuel both chemical and physical as well as checking for the existence of any impurities, water, or microbial contamination in the fuel. Especially in case of aircraft, sufficient fuel testing is required to ensure the safety of the passengers and the crew. Given below is a list of fuel testers available in the market that you can use to test your fuel.
Fuel Pressure Testers Fuel pump pressure in a vehicle can neither be too high nor too low. Higher fuel pressure would result in black exhaust smoke. The use of more fuel than necessary can cause serious damage to the catalytic converter.
A lower fuel pump pressure would cause your vehicle to backfire, stall, hesitate and take more time to start the engine. The ideal range of pressure for a fuel pump varies from car to car and you might not be able to figure out where the problem lies without a fuel pump pressure tester.
Three of the best fuel pressure tester models in the market include:
BETOOLL Pro Full Injection Pressure Test Kit
Equus 3640 Professional Fuel Injection Pressure Tester
Actron CP7838 Professional Fuel Pressure Tester
Fuel Injection Pulse Tester
A fuel injection pulse tester launches separate pulses in three ranges to help you analyze the cylinder balance. These three ranges are as under:
1 pulse of five hundred milliseconds
50 pulses of ten milliseconds
100 pulses of five milliseconds
Fuel Contamination Testers
These testers are designed to detect the existence of any impurities, water, microbial contamination, and other such factors that could render it unfit and dangerous for use.
Fuel testers may not cost much but they do help a lot in figuring out whether or not the fuel you’re using in your car is safe to be used or not. But when you are testing your fuel, do not forget to do so in an open space at a safe distance (50 meters at the very least) from any combustible substances or open flames, etc. In addition to this, when buying a fuel tester, make sure that the fittings and adapters are compatible with your vehicle.