Standard Test Method for Pour Point of Petroleum Products (Automatic Air Pressure Method)
The pour point of a petroleum product is an index of the lowest temperature of its utility for certain applications. Flow characteristics, like pour point, can be critical for the correct operation of lubricating systems, fuel systems, and pipeline operations.
Petroleum blending operations require precise measurement of the pour point.
Test results from this test method can be determined at either 1 or 3°C intervals.
This test method yields a pour point in a format similar to Test Method D 97/IP 15 when the 3°C interval results are reported. However, when specification requires Test Method D 97/IP 15, do not substitute this test method.
Note 2—Since some users may wish to report their results in a format similar to Test Method D 97/IP 15 (in 3°C intervals), the precision data were derived for the 3°C intervals. For statements on bias relative to Test Method D 97/IP 15, see 13.3.1.
This test method has better repeatability and reproducibility relative to Test Method D 97/IP 15 as measured in the 1998 interlaboratory test program (see Section 13).
1.1 This test method covers the determination of pour point of petroleum products by an automatic apparatus that applies a slightly positive air pressure onto the specimen surface while the specimen is being cooled.
1.2 This test method is designed to cover the range of temperatures from -57 to +51°C; however, the range of temperatures included in the (1998) interlaboratory test program only covered the temperature range from -51 to 11°C.
1.3 Test results from this test method can be determined at either 1 or 3°C testing intervals.
1.4 This test method is not intended for use with crude oils.
The applicability of this test method on residual fuel samples has not been verified. For further information on the applicability, refer to 13.4.
1.5 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.
This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
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