Why Diesel Fuel Additives for Modern Engines?
1. NCWM (National Conference of Weights & Measurements) who has published their recommendations for designating a diesel fuel as “Premium Diesel Fuel” must include any two of the following five parameters:
1. Engine Cetane Number of 50+,
2. Fuel Detergency of DW-10,
3. Long Term Storage Stability of 9+ months,
4. Fuel Lubricity of less than 460um,
5. Corrosion Inhibition of NACE 1-a or better
The EMA (Engine Manufacturers Association) is the largest organization that has encouraged the use of diesel fuels that meet the NCWM specification for premium diesel fuel. The EMA has often indicated and published a desire to see a 50+ Engine Cetane Number diesel fuel used in their diesel engines.
2. Major petroleum producers do not want the Engine Cetane Number of diesel fuels increased from a 40 minimum number and they continually say they do not believe “any” additives need to be put into diesel fuels (or gasoline). They inundate the ASTM committees and limit changes to the diesel fuel specification because if the ASTM D-975 Specification for Diesel Fuels is changed they know they will be charged with the added costs to do so. This is especially true for raising the Engine Cetane Number.
3. We find that many observers that have never tested a quality Cetane enhanced diesel fuel additive totally ignore the fact that engine & chassis dynamometer testing absolutely shows increased horsepower and increased torque with all diesel fuels that have a higher Engine Cetane Number compared to low Engine Cetane Number diesel fuels. FirePower Diesel Products has documented this with several different diesel fuels and multiple different diesel engines. Plus, others (including diesel engine manufactures) have proven this regardless of the engine type or size.
In addition, even conservative engine manufacturer such as Cummins Engines recently “recommended” their customers use Cetane boosted diesel fuel additives” (which includes chemistries to raise the Engine Cetane Number of diesel fuels. It is often asked: “If raising the Engine Cetane Number does not help the operability and performance of a diesel engine, why do you think they would tell their customers to use an additive that purports to do so?”
For those who have heard that the Engine Cetane Number can be bad for diesel engine operations, why does Europe (where diesel engine technology is 15 - 20 years ahead of the USA) “mandate” a minimum 51 Engine Cetane Number for all diesel fuels produced and sold?
Incidentally, low Engine Cetane Number diesel fuels in America (typically 43 - 46) are the reason why many diesel engines being sent to the USA from Europe, and used in America everyday (and will be in the future), are experiencing so many operational issues. These issues are mostly low power complaints, poor starting and poor fuel economy regardless of the ambient temperature - all related to the low Engine Cetane Number in America. CARB (California Air Resources Board) “mandated” a minimum 53 Engine Cetane Number for all diesel fuels produced and sold in the state.
Diesel fuel injection system manufacturers believe higher Engine Cetane Number diesel fuels (along with increased fuel detergency, lubricity, stability and corrosion inhibition) are needed in order to reduce issues in today's diesel engines with HPCR (high pressure common rail) fuel injection systems.
FirePower Diesel Fuel Treatment Provides an All-in-One Premium Product
FirePower Diesel Products firmly believe the diesel fuel user needs a ‘truly’ multifunctional diesel fuel additive product that is correctly formulated and compounded with “balanced” chemistries to:
1 - Raise the Engine Cetane Number to 50+, based on diesel fuel Cetane number of 44.
2 - Provide a DW-10 Fuel Detergency.
3 - Enhance Fuel Lubricity to achieve a less than 460um wear scar HFRR result.
4 - Remove existing fuel related Deposits and modify combustion and post combustion Deposits to minimize EGR
Valve build up and reduced DPF filter regens (extend the time intervals between regens).
5 - Increase stored Fuel Stabilization to minimize the natural degradation of diesel fuel over time.
6 - Protect the fuel storage and delivery system by minimizing Rust and Corrosion in the fuel system.
We also believe it is our responsibility as the additive supplier to offer a “complete” diesel fuel winterization product
will provide all of the above year-round diesel fuel attributes, plus:
7 - Lower the CFPP (cold filter plugging point) temperature to at least 25 degrees F below the diesel fuel cloud point
(FirePower CFPP is 40 degrees F below.)
8 - Reduce the diesel fuel Pour Point to improve pumping and handling.
9 - Modify the Paraffin Wax Crystals to less than 5um in order to allow them to better pass through and not plug
diesel fuel filters.
10 - Fully suspend the Paraffin Wax crystals that form below the fuel cloud point temperature and minimize their
settling out of the fuel at temperatures of 20 degrees F or more below the fuel cloud point.
11 - Provide adequate Fuel Moisture De-icing to prevent fuel line icing down to 40 degrees F below zero, or more.