New fuels tests launched by Millbrook

Millbrook, one of the world's leading transport research and development facilities, has rolled out a further fuel additive test to the petrochemical and wider automotive sector.

This sits alongside its track and chassis dynamometer-based fuel consumption research and exhaust emissions test capabilities. The test has been approved by the Coordinating European Council for the Development of Performance Tests for Transportation Fuels.

Millbrook's fuel test capability covers both diesel and gasoline engines. The common rail PSA DW10 and indirect injection PSA XUD-9 engines are used for nozzle coking tests on diesel additives, whilst gasoline fuels tests to evaluate inlet valve deposits utilise the Mercedes Benz M102E and M111 engines. In addition, the VW Water Boxer engine is used to test fuels and additives for valve sticking at cold temperatures. All of Millbrook's fuel testing is carried out under the procedures of the IS0 17025 accreditation.

Poor fuel quality can sometimes be an issue in developing markets and often, additives are needed in order to bring a fuel up to the standard required for contemporary vehicles. It is therefore crucial for the additive manufacturers to be able to prove that there are only positive side effects to the inclusion of its products in fuel.

The tests form part of the bigger picture of Millbrook's fuel testing capabilities. With its laboratories, world-leading emissions engineers, the most comprehensive set of test tracks in Europe, as well as its state of the art engine test cells, Millbrook's research facilities are ideally placed to further the drive towards improved fuel quality and economy.

Neil Fulton, powertrain engineering manager at Millbrook, said: "Our fuel economy tests are world-leading in terms of accuracy and repeatability and are now complemented by our new fuel tests. Whatever international marketplace the fuel or additive is to be utilised in, we are able to provide comprehensive analysis of this robust, representative data."

J Cunningham

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