Accurately testing fuel origin for use in professional racing
Mass Spec offers a method that is fast and effective at detecting the atomic structure of bio-fuel
A few years ago, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) introduced an all-new set of rules for the composition of fuels that would be accepted within their racing. From 2008, at least 5.75 percent of all fuels must contain biomatter. Whilst this move was supported by environmentalists, for the teams it created a problem; the cars had to be completely re-engineered to run biofuels. But it posed the FIA with a unique problem that concerns the very essence of the sport, how do they accurately monitor the fuel?
Synthetic and organic fuel may be incredibly alike but they are chemically distinct. By tracing the individual isotopes, IRMS technology can give an accurate understanding of how much of a fuel is comprised of biological matter (biofuel) and how much is standard petrol.
Accurate, Reliable and Transparent Fuel Testing from Mass Spec