Our facilities across the United States and around the world have the capabilities to perform a wide range of analyses on a multitude of products including biofuel, petroleum, petrochemical and agricultural commodities. Our highly-trained and experienced lab staff and state of the art laboratories ensure that the analyses are performed with the highest level of quality, accuracy, and precision.
AmSpec prides itself on exceeding client expectations by providing sound analytical science, unsurpassed testing quality and excellent customer service. We have instituted a comprehensive, constantly evolving quality control system in order to ensure analytical integrity. The program is built around ISO 9001:2015 and other national and international quality standards. It encompasses a range of activities that enables us to achieve and maintain high levels of accuracy and proficiency. It covers all facets of the laboratory testing process from sample handling, instrument performance validations, to certificate generation. AmSpec strictly adheres to standards and guidelines from API, ASTM, and IFIA. We are also active participants in ASTM.
Petroleum analysis is the process of gathering information about petroleum used in chemical or mechanical devices. It can be done using a variety of laboratory procedures to obtain qualitative and quantitative data, such as the amount of water, gasoline, or oil present.
The purpose of petroleum analysis is to provide information about what is contained within a petroleum product so that it may be used most effectively for its intended purpose. This allows for appropriate quality control with a relatively small number of samples.
There are several different types of petroleum tests that can be performed depending on what you’re looking for:
International Standard Organization (ISO) follows general guidelines for petroleum analysis based on an oil’s weight-volume percentage of total solids, water, sediment, acid number, free hydrogen sulfide material, cloud point temperature, and specific gravity.
Along with petroleum analysis, petroleum testing is important for petroleum products in order to determine if they are of good quality and will work when intended.
There are several types of petroleum testing methods available:
Petroleum testing and analysis can be used on petroleum that comes from different sources such as oil refineries, gasoline plants, petroleum wholesalers, or retail outlets. They can also be used to test the petroleum before it is prepared for human use such as petroleum destined for fuel or lubrication purposes.
In order to perform petroleum testing, petroleum analysis equipment – which includes high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) machines, gas chromatograph, mass spectrometers, and viscometers – may be required.
While it is important for all of these tests to have instruments that are calibrated correctly in order to get accurate petroleum analysis, petroleum testing also requires petroleum samples that are taken correctly. When collecting petroleum samples for petroleum testing, petroleum products should be tested as soon as possible after being collected so they do not degrade as much.
Petroleum samples should be taken from the top of petroleum tanks rather than the bottom in order to prevent dangerous levels of sludge accumulation. They may have to be taken twice a year depending on how often petroleum is put into or used out of the tank. The sample can then be sent off to a laboratory, like AmSpec, for further testing and analysis.