With world oil and gas prices in the news almost daily, the need for rapid test methods for the control of quality to standard test methods as well as to prevent counterfeit and diluted products, industry uses NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) for its testing solution for specific applications. For example, the hydrogen content of aviation fuel is an important parameter as it determines the combustion properties of the fuel. Traditional methods such as smoke point and volatility index are tedious, time-consuming and usually require skilled analysts. NMR offers the opportunity to monitor the hydrogen content of fuels rapidly, non-destructively and with minimal sample preparation.
Wax determination has become an important measurement parameter. Originally treated as a waste product by the oil refining industry, wax is now widely used in manufacturing because of its specific mechanical and physical properties (flexibility, friction index, hardness coefficient, melting point etc.). The oil refining industry has responded by producing different types of wax with special characteristics (petroleum jelly, slack, crude paraffin, recrystallised paraffin, etc.). As oil content is one significant parameter in the composition of wax that affects its physical properties, it needs to be measured routinely.
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