Reid Vapor Pressure testing (RVP) of crude oil, fuels, petroleum products, and solvents.

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Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) testing for crude oil, fuel, other refined petroleum products, and petrochemicals is offered by Intertek labs on a global basis.

Reid Vapor Pressure, ASTM D323, is an ASTM test method which measures the vapor pressure of crude oil and petroleum refined products. Measuring the vapor pressure of volatile petroleum liquids, the ASTM D323 test analyzes petroleum products and crude oils.

The ASTM D323 RVP test is used in various quality control and R&D applications. RVP tests measure the potential impact of gasolines on engine performance and help benchmark fuels for various emission regulatory compliance programs.

RVP testing for crude oils helps refiners understand the nature of feedstocks coming into the refinery, helping the refiner make optimal processing decisions. Reid Vapor Pressure testing indirectly measures volatile petroleum solvent evaporation rates.

The RVP test is not used for liquefied petroleum gases (LPG). For LPG, the ASTM D1267 or D6897 tests are suggested. The RVP test is not used for fuels with oxygenated compounds, other than methyl t-butyl ether (MTBE). For most oxygenated compounds ASTM D4953 testing is suggested. All tests are offered by the Intertek global laboratory network.

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