Core Laboratories provides a full range of support equipment including laboratory
analyzers, intake air refrigeration units, and reference fuel boards are designed
to facilitate the testing and rating of sample fuels. In coordination, they provide
a consistent, reliable platform upon which the laboratory may test its component
and final blends.
LABCON 6 - Laboratory CRF Engine Octane Analyzer
LABCON 6, in conjunction with a CFR knock test engine, automatically determines
the research or motor octane number of finished gasolines and gasoline components.
LABCON 6 provides the precision and accuracy demanded by today's testing requirements.
LABCON 6 provides the means to generate a more accurate octane number than previously
A specially designed microvalve carburetor automatically adjusts the fuel to air
ratio and a proprietary algorithm determines the critical maximum knock intensity.
A sample shelf and pumps allow LABCON 6 to sequentially rate up to four samples
without operator assistance. The LABCON 6 system can also perform toluene standardization
fuel ratings. It compares the actual ratings with Toluene tables and flags all ratings
that fall outside the acceptable limits. Operation is simplified by displaying temperature
tuning limits for Research and Motor methods. Additionally, LABCON 6 automatically
compensates the compression ratio using an internal barometric pressure sensor.
LABCON 6 increases production efficiency by allowing the personnel to operate more
than one engine, or to focus on other laboratory tasks. The system has minimal calibration
requirements, therefore can be operated with minimal maintenance.
Intake Air Refrigeration Unit
The Intake Air Refrigeration Unit (IAR) is a mechanical cooling system replacing
the ice tower previously used with ASTM research and motor method octane testing
engines. It provides chilled and dehumidified air to either laboratory or on-line
octane analysis engines eliminating the need for an ice machine and the physical
handling of ice. It also handles the fuel chilling requirements for laboratory engines
through circulating available coolant through the carburetor cooling devices.
The Intake Air Refrigeration Unit comes with the following components:
Reference Fuel System
The Reference Fuel Dispensing System is used for the blending of primary or secondary
reference fuels and standardization fuels. These blended fuels are required for
the calibration and standardization of ASTM engines for research, motor, and cetane
method determinations. It provides the means for pumping these materials from containers
in a remote storage area to burettes mounted on a dispensing panel in the engine laboratory.
burettes manufactured to ASTM design specifications feature automatic-zero and minimum
diameter calibration sections for accurate reading. Flow restricted, dripless spout
dispensing valve provide optimum blend accuracy with inherent handling safety.
The complete reference fuel panel is provide in two configurations; one with two
burette stations, and the other for up to six burette stations. Custom configurations
are available upon request.
The Reference Fuel System comes with burette mounting stations (complete with burettes),
fuel pump panel, and drum probes and fitting assemblies.
Dilute Antiknock Compound Blending Hood
The Dilute Antiknock Compound Blending Hood is used for handling, dispensing, and
storing the liters of dilute antiknock compounds required by laboratories for research-
and motor-method octane ratings. The blending hood supplies ventilation for fume
removal from the hood enclosure and the storage cabinet.
Humidity Guarantee Apparatus
The Humidity Guarantee Apparatus is designed for environments of low humidity below
the required 25 grains per pound of dry air (required by ASTM for D2699 and D2700).
The device installs into the Intake Air Refrigeration Unit Model 8042. It replaces
the standard air filter and provides a fine mist to the plenum of the IAR Unit.
This apparatus include a bypass valve to redirect a portion of coolant flow from
the plenum to increase the cooling effect at the carburetor.
Water Cooled Exhaust System
The Water-Cooled Exhaust System enables easy removal for engine maintenance.
Sample Recovery System
The Sample Recovery System collects and pumps excess fuel away from one or more