FORENSIC ANALYSIS OF PROBLEM FUELS
|Contamination and adulteration problems are endemic with bunker fuels. Added to this, process changes in the refineries, necessitated by the need for mandated low sulfur fuels, has introduced additional unwanted substances in the residual fuel.|
Since the international bunker standard fuel ISO 8217 barely attempts to look at contaminants in bunker fuel, additional tests are imperative. Please note para 5.1 below which is the only recourse available to fuel users.
|"5 General requirements|
|5.1 The fuels shall be homogeneous blends of hydrocarbons derived from petroleum refining. This shall not preclude the incorporation of small amounts of additives intended to improve some aspects of performance..|
|The fuels shall be free from inorganic acids and from used lubricating oils.|
|The fuel should not include any added substance or chemical waste which|
|Enlightened ship owners and operators carry out these additional tests in order to protect their interests and save themselves from serious losses. The tests most commonly carried out are listed below|
|Viswa Lab takes special pride in not only identifying but also quantifying contaminants, something that most laboratories do not perform. Viswa Lab has an extensive database of empirical studies conducted on fuels from every part of the world.|
Creative Ideas and R&D
Viswa Lab believes that when customers suffer fuel-related problems, they should be provided with all possible assistance. With this objective in view, Viswa Lab is equipped with state of the art instruments to identify and quantify contaminants and adulterants in fuel as well as to determine in-depth Ignition & Combustion properties of the fuel. All fuel problems are also connected to lubes, cylinder oils, material properties of the machinery, etc. In order that the customer with a problem finds a complete solution under one roof, Viswa Lab provides the following services.
|Bunker fuel oil analysis|
|Lube oil analysis
|Tribology and particle morphology studies|
|Ignition & Combustion studies (Fuel Tech instrument)|
|Under piston cylinder oil drain analysis|
|Material Failure analysis|
|Bunker Quantity Surveys in major ports|
|Special packages of services|
|Total Fuel Management|
|Support for Bunker dispute and bunker claims|
|R&D in marine fuels and marine diesel engines|
Special Package of Services
Since 1991, Viswa Lab has established itself as a problem solving lab specializing in Total Fuel Management (TFM). Major shipping companies who use fuel testing services of competitors still send all their problem fuels to Viswa Lab for detailed investigation. As a part of this, we offer six packages:
BUNKER FUELS – IDENTIFYING AND QUANTIFYING CONTAMINANTS / ADULTERANTS
– Nine (9) specialized non-standard investigations using state of the art instrumentation offered through Viswa Lab.
ASSET PROTECTIONthrough CBM (Condition Based Maintenance program)
CONDITION MONITORING(for asset protection, meeting classification requirements)
QUANTIFICATION OF FUEL QUALITY AND FUEL WORTH TO HELP WITH FUEL PURCHASE
(A proprietary fuel quality indexing services consisting of Engine Friendliness Number and True Worth Index – published in Bunkerworld.com, well-known published data in proprietary to Viswa Lab)
MONITORING AND MANIPULATION OF MACHINERY PERFORMANCE(Optimizing fuel consumption using continuous performance monitoring with each fuel bunkered)
ENERGY MANAGEMENT:Energy Audits, Energy Advisory Services.
Viswa Lab has labs in Houston and Singapore. Together, both labs facilitate service to customers on either ends of the globe. Customer satisfaction, quality, speed of service and economical rates, are the primary driving principles of Viswa Lab . Commitment to technical excellence and state-of-the-art technology continue to define the image of Viswa Lab .
Viswa Lab consists of a dynamic, entrepreneurial team of scientists, engineers, and support professionals with a long-standing reputation for technical excellence in the field of Fuel oils, Lubes, Hydraulic oils, Environmental analysis, NDE, and Failure Analysis.
Viswa Lab has been testing fuels since 1991. During this period petroleum products and engineering materials have been tested by VL using the latest instruments and to the highest level of quality and accuracy. Innumerable failure analysis studies have been carried out by VL to determine the cause of material failure and fuel related failure.
Viswa Lab has created a niche position for itself with a one stop shop concept of chemical testing, mechanical testing, destructive testing, non-destructive testing to determine the cause of a failure or the prognosis of a machinery related problem. The fuel buyer will not have to go to different places to get all aspects of a failure analysed.
Dr. Vis, whose name the lab carries, is a Phd. In Metallurgical Engineering, a Masters in Internal Combustion Engineering and a Bachelors in Marine Engineering. He has worked as Chief Engineer on ships, Senior Surveyor to the classification society American Bureau of Shipping.
Since 1991, he has been associated with the materials evaluation activity of metals, composites and petroleum products. It is this unique combination of all three facets that has propelled him as one of the top experts in this field.