Advantages And Disadvantages of Diesel Fuel

Diesel fuel as well as other fuels is not ideal, therefore, it has both its advantages and disadvantages.  Before you buy one petroleum product or another, getting to know with its string and weak points is a good idea.  This will help you make the fullest use of its advantages and reduce the effects of its drawbacks. So, let’s begin.

For a long time the basic value of diesel fuel was in its price, which used to be lower than that of gasoline.  It was especially advantageous for fleets to acquire such fuel due to the bulk volumes of use, which helped to make tremendous savings.  But by this day the price of diesel fuel has increased slightly, which makes us look for its other benefits.

Diesel fuel emits such harmful substances as nitrogen dioxide, nitrogen oxide, carbon oxide, sulfur dioxide and carbon black (soot). But their number less than other fuels. Therefore, there is some cost saving on a variety of environmental charges and fees.  Another feature of diesel fuel is its safety.  Diesel engines are designed so that high flammability limit of the oil product can be maintained.  That is why diesel fuel is preferred when fuelling military combat vehicles, battle tanks in particular.

Due to the high efficiency of diesel fuel it is quite economical, so regardless of the type of transport, in which it is used, the number of additional refills is minimal.

Having good lubricating properties, diesel fuel has a positive effect on moving parts of engines, increasing their reliability and extending engine lifetime.

Speaking about the disadvantages, they are caused mainly by the chemical composition of diesel fuel.  So, one of the problems is increasing oil viscosity at low temperatures.  At minus twenty degrees Celsius it is getting hard to pump the fuel and ignition problems occur.  But it is no longer critical, as we already have solutions that allow the use diesel fuel even in arctic climate.

Cheap and low-quality fuel grades have a lot of substances with poor combustibility, which results in their deposition on the surfaces of engine components, and the corrosion of such surfaces.

Also it should be noted that diesel engines typically produce more noise during operation than gasoline ones.  And the smell of burnt diesel fuel is rather unpleasant.

During storage, diesel fuel can be oxidized, become contaminated with harmful impurities and darken.  This complicates its use in automobile engines, so this fuel should be subjected to a specific treatment in order to restore its original properties.

To solve this problem GlobeCore company has developed and manufactures UVR plants.  They allow cleaning and brightening of diesel fuel, as well as removing aromatics mercaptans, hydrogen sulfide, and some sulfur.

GlobeCore processes provide an economical solution to the problem of contaminated diesel fuel, which allows full restoration of its properties and ensures a long and reliable service life of engines and fuel systems.



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