September 29, 2023by Toluwanimi

Petroleum Products are tested in order to Safeguard High Equipment/Machines Durability, Meet customer satisfaction, and Preserve the Environment… If all these conditions are met, the product is safe for use.

However, One of the most important Properties Analyst, Regulators, and Customers pay detailed attention to is:

Volatility: The volatility of petrol refers to how quickly it evaporates in car engines. It is conducted to determine its ability to vaporize at various temperatures. This test provides information on the fuel’s evaporation characteristics, which is essential for proper engine operation.

A higher gasoline volatility is very advantageous, especially in cold weather regions but will cause a vapour lock if used in hot weather areas.

Vapour Lock is the clogging of the fuel lines by vapors which restricts liquid gasoline from flowing through.

Thus, prevents engine start-upThe volatility test is typically performed using the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) method which is guided by ASTM D323.

According to the NMDPRA in Nigeria, RVP results for an on-spec Petrol sample should not exceed 9 psi. In basic terms, sometimes your 10-liter petrol can last for 100 km on average while sometimes it will only last you for 80-95km on the same conditions. It depends on the RVP value of your fuel.