December 2019

IMO 2020

IMO 2020 stability and compatibility headaches

The year 2020 will be a mess from the fuel oil stability and compatibility points of view. The year will be price-driven, so the temptation to “cut corners” is great—meaning that a highly variable number of blend components to manufacture the fuel oil will open a “Pandora’s box” of complex and questionable fuel formulations.

Curcio, L. E., Barsamian, A., Refinery Automation Institute, LLC

The year 2020 will be a mess from the fuel oil stability and compatibility points of view. The year will be price-driven, so the temptation to “cut corners” is great—meaning that a highly variable number of blend components to manufacture the fuel oil will open a “Pandora’s box” of complex and questionable fuel formulations. Blending issues Exhaustive studies of the relationship between asphaltene content and aromaticity have shown that the order in which the fuel oil blends are created is critical to obtaining compatible and stable fuels.1,2,3 The order of blending is one of the concerning issues1 (Fig. 1). Two fuel oil blend components, A and B, each perfectly stable on their own, exhib

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