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What is a fuel drip sampler?

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Starting from this month, GMS Instruments specialists will educate you about the newest product developments and relevant news in the shipping, offshore and industry branches. In today’s blog post we’re going to give an explanation about the working of a fuel drip sampler, cause not everyone has de know-how about the importance of this instrument.

This blog about fuel drip samplers will discuss the following topics:

  • What is a fuel drip sampler?
  • What are the economic benefits of the fuel drip samplers?
  • Where is the fuel drip sampler usually located?
  • How to choose the correct size of the fuel drip sampler?

What is a fuel drip sampler?

A fuel drip sampler is one of the most important aspects of any oil analysis program. The sample which has been collected by the sampling instrument is a representative for the total amount of the bunkering progress. Oil samples are required for regulatory analysis and commercial purposes as well required by law. A representative oil sample will provide an accurate representation of the quality of the oil bunkered.

If a sample does not represent the real condition of the oil and component at the time of sampling, the reliability of both the test result and it’s interpretation is insecure. Crucial aspects of the sample progress include taking the sample, the location of sampling and witnessing the progress.

What are the economic benefits of the fuel drip samplers?

A fuel drip sampler is not only helping you through a bunkering progress because it’s required by law, it’s also the most economical way of taking fuel samples. Without a drip sampler, the only way to take a fuel sample is by hand, where you have to operate a valve manually to let the fuel sample drip in a container. A fuel drip sampler makes it way easier for you to take a fuel sample because it’s more reliable and easier to use.

Where is the fuel drip sampler usually located?

Most of the time, a fuel drip sampler is located in the Bunker Manifold close to the bunker flange. Here, the Chief Engineer can be placed between the bunker manifold flange and the pipeline towards the fuel system.

How to choose the correct size of a fuel drip sampler:

  • Select the nearest size bunker sampler with an outer diameter smaller than the flanges Pitch Circle Diameter minus the Bolt Hole Diameter.
  • The inner diameter has to be larger dan the Nominal Pipe Size of the flange.

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