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Diesel Fuel Analysis Service

Our Diesel Fuel Analysis service tests your diesel fuel for: level of contamination, system wear and its chemical make-up. These tests are performed in laboratory conditions and the findings, along with any recommendations or required actions, will be detailed to you in a comprehensive report.

The FA-ST complete UK diesel analysis & sampling kit - featured below - is perfect for use to submit your diesel fuel samples to us. The kit can be used with engine, transmission, turbine, gearbox and hydraulic oils. It comes with a pre-paid jiffy bag and return address label, and is inclusive of the oil analysis service.

Kit Contents

60ml PETG sample bottle, sample tubing, equipment ID labels, re-sealable plastic bag and a pre-paid addressed postal jiffy bag to return your sample.

All-inclusive oil analysis service

Price is inclusive of the laboratory oil analysis, recommendations and comprehensive report, which will be issued to you in pdf format via e-mail.

Fast Service Turnaround

Turnaround time from receipt of the sample in our laboratory to return of your initial report and recommendations is 2-3 working days and the bacterial analysis will take another 2-3 days as this is the incubation period. An updated report is then issued.

Diesel Fuel Analysis Kit

Diesel Bug

Stored diesel fuel faces a significant risk of diesel bug infestation over time, primarily due to a combination of fuel contamination and moisture. This issue is commonly observed among boat owners who store their vessels with fuel in the tank during winter months. Regardless of tank size, diesel fuel in storage can undergo condensation, creating an ideal breeding ground for diesel bug growth.

The term 'diesel bug' encompasses various types of bacteria and fungi that thrive in fuel. Whether you're involved in fleet management or marine vessel operation, especially during prolonged mooring, understand how to recognise, prevent or treat diesel bug is crucial to guard against its consequences, such as clogged filters and engine fuel shortages. In the event of an infestation, filters may become coated with dark brown to blackish slime.

Diesel Bug Dip Slide Test

Diesel Bug Testing

The dip slides makes the determination of these microbial counts fast, easy and is unique in that both measurements can be made simultaneously. The FA-ST bacteria & fungi test kits contain dip slides that are coated with an agar culture medium.

Each test kit is complete and ready to use straight away, no special equipment or training is necessary.

Diesel Bug Biocide Collection

Diesel Bug Treatment

Hydra Biocide will:

  • Ensure that any stored/remaining fuel in the fuel tanks remain protected against microbes for long periods.

  • Immediately rids all contamination and prevents the regeneration of microbes.

  • Safe to use as it is non-flammable, non-toxic, non-corrosive, totally combustible in fuel mixture.

  • Hydra FuelPlus Biocide is soluble in both fuel and water phases for better and efficient killing.

Diesel Fuel Analysis Tests Performed

Contamination testing is split into a number of different individual test. We will perform:

  • Particle Counting (ISO) - It is a test for particle contaminant levels and not specifically wear debris. It does not distinguish between wear and dirt particles, but if it can be determined that nonferrous contamination has remained stable, then an increase in the particle count must be attributable to wear.

  • ISO 4406:2017 Standard - This classification of particle contents was introduced to facilitate comparisons in particle counting. Sudden breakdown in a fuel system is often caused by large particles (>14 micron) in the fuel while slower, progressive faults are caused by smaller particles (4-6 micron).

  • Bug Bacteria - Bugs are cfu/ml Colony forming units per ml. Fungus is reported as slight, moderate or heavy, because it doesn't form cfu's in the same way as bacteria. Yeast behave like bacteria and reported in the same format (i.e. 10-5 cfu). These can clog filters and cause engines to stall.

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