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Bio Fuels & Renewables

The viscosity of fuels affects their ignition temperature, heat of combustion, the rate at which they burn, density, melting points, energy density and lubricity.

Vegetable oils are appealing alternatives to petrol due to their greater density, safety and lower exhaust emissions. However, the viscosity of vegetable oils also affects the ease with which they can be converted to biodiesel and the engines they are suitable for. More viscous fuels leave more deposits in car engines and can cause problems with engine pressures and injection systems.

Increasingly, Hydramotion viscometers are used in biomass conversion and end-product quality control and assessment.

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