Papers Invited for biodiesel fuels stability symposium.

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Papers are invited for ASTM International symposium on Thermal and Oxidative Stability of Biodiesel Fuels. Topics include potential fuel quality and stability issues in storage, use of biodiesel blended fuels after refinery and pipeline distribution, appropriate test methods for defining instability, potential impact of fuel additives on instability, and evidence of fuel instability and associated problems. Preliminary abstract of 250-300 words is due no later than August 9.

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Papers are Invited for ASTM International Symposium on Thermal and Oxidative Stability of Biodiesel Fuels

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.-Papers are invited for an ASTM International symposium on Thermal and Oxidative Stability of Biodiesel Fuels. Sponsored by ASTM Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants, the symposium will be held Dec. 6 at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott and the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel in Norfolk, Va., in conjunction with the standards development meetings of the committee.

The objective of the symposium is to provide a forum to present papers that discuss current phenomena associated with the thermal and oxidative instability of biodiesel blend fuels. This is unique from phase separation and incompatibility issues that often occur at temperatures below 20°C.

Specific objectives of the symposium are to alert attendees and various affiliated industries to this problem through a credible and internationally recognized organization; to provide a forum for industry experts to present information relevant to the current situation as well as an environment where attendees can solicit information from a panel of experts that is relevant to their areas of responsibility; and document the information exchanged during the symposium for future reference. Papers are requested on the following topics:
· Potential fuel quality and stability issues in storage and use of biodiesel blended fuels after the refinery and pipeline distribution;
· Appropriate test methods for qualitatively and quantitatively defining instability of biodiesel blended fuels;
· The potential impact of fuel additives on instability of biodiesel blended fuel products; and
· Evidence of fuel instability and associated problems as experienced by various stakeholders: U.S. Military, Petroleum Equipment Institute and automotive and truck industry.

To participate in the symposium, presenters/authors must submit a 250-300 word preliminary abstract no later than Aug. 9. The abstract must include a clear definition of the objective and approach of the work discussed, pointing out material that is new, and present sufficient details regarding results. The presentation and manuscript must not be of a commercial nature nor can it have been previously published. The symposium chairman will notify you via postal mail by Aug. 17 of your paper's acceptability for presentation at the symposium.

Symposium presenters are required to submit their papers to the Selected Technical Paper (STP), an online and printed, peer-reviewed publication for the international scientific and engineering community. After the final selection of abstracts has been approved, the ASTM Editorial Office will send authors' instructions via email only. Manuscripts to be peer reviewed for the STP are due online no later than Dec. 6 at the ASTM Editorial Office.

Visit for abstract submittal and additional information.

Additional technical information is available from symposium chairman Edward English, Fuel Quality Services, Miami, Fla. (phone: 770-967-9790; or co-chairman David Forester, Power Service Products, Weatherford, Texas (phone: 817-598-5289;

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