5 Diesel fuel facts you should know!

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Diesel fuel is an interesting compound that acts very differently from gasoline outside of its difference in combustion within a chamber. Its properties have very interesting effects and applications that many do not know. Today we will explore 5 interesting facts that everyone should know about diesel fuel.

1. Diesel fuel has a very low flammability level.

Due to a much higher flash point and resistance to pressure; igniting diesel, both within the confines of a combustion chamber, and outside in standard air pressure requires more combustive power and heat. In fact, you could toss a lit match into a bucket of diesel fuel and it would be doused rather than ignite. Petroleum gasoline has a lower viscosity meaning when it travels through a fuel injector and into the spark chamber it has already become vaporous and ignites as fumes. Diesel, on the other hand, maintains a liquid structure and travels into the spark chamber as drops that each need to be ignited individually.

2. Diesel engines are now held to the same EPA standards as gasoline engines

The United States Environmental Protection Agency now requires all diesel engines meet the same pollution standards as typical gasoline engines. Beginning in 2007, car production companies added a new device called a diesel particulate filter that functions to remove the visible smoke from the exhaust making; making diesel just as clean as any standard gasoline vehicle.

3. Diesel fuel was actually created from trial and error by Rudolf Diesel

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Rudolf was trying to create a fuel that could be used in the engine that he also created and named after himself. During his testing, Rudolf tested with many different oils outside of petroleum ranging from almond and vegetable oil to peanut oil!


4. Diesel engines work vastly different than petroleum engines

 Basic petroleum engines work by secreting fuel vapor into a chamber that a spark plug then combusts to power the engine and produce enough kinetic energy to actually move the vehicle. Diesel engine cylinders are pre-heated and do not have spark plugs. The cylinders are then introduced to heated oxygen that the diesel then reacts to and burns. This causes the mechanical motion of the cylinders and runs the engine. Diesel engines are considered more efficient than gasoline in terms of miles per gallon.

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5. Diesel offers better levels of lubricity.

Diesel oil lubrication in an engine helps reduce its overall friction, diesel lubricants are chemically engineered specifically to reduce the friction and wear on the fuel pump and fuel injectors. This has led to the need for fewer repairs and a decrease in downtime and keeps your equipment in the field or vehicles on the road!


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The Right Lubricant for the Right Job!

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Are you using the right motor oil on your vehicles? What about the right grease to optimize the performance of your machinery? Lubricants play an integral part in the efficiency of a piece of equipment or vehicle, but with so many different oils, greases, and lubes on the market, purchasing and utilizing the correct product for your equipment can be daunting.  Join us in exploring the different lubricants, their applications, and which ones you need to operate with the greatest efficiency!

Motor Oil

Let’s begin with the most commonly used lubricant in the workplace; motor oil. Motor oil is usually classified in one of four varieties.

Synthetic Motor Oil: Synthetic motor oil is chemically engineered so that its molecules are more uniform in shape and contain far fewer impurities and have better properties to increase its performance in extreme temperatures.

Synthetic Blend Motor Oil: is a mixture of conventional basic oil and synthetic to formulate a fluid that is resistant to oxidation

High Mileage Motor Oil: This motor oil is specially formulated for both older and newer vehicles with over 75,000 miles. It is engineered with unique additives to reduce oil burn off and prevent oil leaks which are more common in older engines.

Conventional Motor Oil: Formed in many grades, conventional motor oils are designed with simple engine designs and use in mind.

Motor oils use a system developed by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), to classify the oil fluids viscosity. Viscosity is a quantity expressing the magnitude of internal friction, as measured by the force per unit area resisting a flow in which parallel layers unit distance apart has a unit speed relative to one another. In other words, it is the resistance a fluid gives to tension. A low viscosity is something like water, while a higher viscosity is something more like honey.

The viscosity grade of a lube oil is determined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Oils can be separated into multigrade oils and monograde oils. Multigrade oils must fulfill two viscosity specifications, their viscosity grade consists of two numbers, e.g. 10W-40: 10W refers to the low-temperature viscosity (“Winter”), 40 refers to the high-temperature viscosity (“Summer”). Currently, most automotive engine oils are multigrade oils, while oils for restricted usage, e.g. for seasonally used engines like lawnmowers, are often monograde oils.

Armed with this information you can now make informed purchasing decisions for you or your company in regards to motor oil. If you found this information interesting please consider following us on social media for more useful guides and articles. If you are looking for motor oil for you or your company check our performance 500 line of lubricants here!



-The SC Fuels team