The tests discussed in the previous chapter together provide a broad picture of the general characteristics of a hydrocarbon fuel, showing how these vary with fuel type. Very many other tests are described in the handbooks for further and deeper investigation into fuel properties, and growing numbers of rig tests and field tests are available for the closer inspection of fuel behaviour in service. In this present chapter, some of the eight basic properties are considered in more detail, together with a number of other standardised tests. Some of the rig tests are discussed in later chapters in relation to problems that arise in various applications.
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