Fuels and Lubricants Testing

Fuels and Lubricants Testing

Ricardo provides a range of independent testing services for the analysis and development of fuels, lubricants, and oils for the automotive industry.

We offer world-class analytical facilities for fuels, lubricants, catalysts and aftertreatment systems. Applicable to ICE, HEV and EV platforms, we help clients develop fuels and lubricants for a variety of applications through the optimisation of performance, emissions and fuel consumption.

Fuels and lubricant testing and research
Discriminating the performance of a fuel or lubricant product in-service is logistically challenging, introduces risk and takes place in operating conditions inappropriate for establishing technically sound comparisons over practical running periods. From engine oils and e-fluids to transmission fluids, we have developed a number of methodologies to make in-service testing simple and effective for our clients. Our facilities and specialist equipment enable precise and specific analysis of fuels and lubricants to deliver detailed, accurate insights for our clients.

Facility Capability

Our in-house team of engineering experts specialise in fuels and lubricants. Supported by our world-class Vehicle Emissions Research Centre (VERC) and Electrified Propulsion Research Centre (EPRC) facilities, we are able to provide precise and specific analysis of fuels and lubricants to deliver detailed, accurate insights and advice for our clients.

Our facilities can be tailored to test and analyse:

  • Gasoline
  • Ethanol (E10/E85/E100)
  • Diesel
  • Biodiesel (B7/B20/B100)
  • Gas to liquid (GTL) fuels
  • Paraffinic diesels
  • Engine oils
  • Transmission and differential oils
  • E-machine lubricants

Research and development for fuels and lubricants

Our team of engineering experts support our clients in research and development programmes to find solutions to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions of automotive fuels and lubricants, without compromising their performance.

Ricardo has a number of testing solutions to investigate and analyse the effects of fuels and lubricants on vehicle efficiency, performance and emissions. We offer a range of services for the testing of fuel and lubricant products to determine factors such as fuel efficiency, emissions control, and additive performance.

Testing Fuels in the VERC

We can also assist in the designing of experiments to validate products by testing candidate fuels or lubricants on representative vehicles across a variety of test cycles potentially with periods of mileage accumulation to understand long term effects. Ricardo may source, modify and design test platforms and perform baseline testing on a reference fluid before testing candidate fluids.

We also offer vehicle level testing for fuels and lubricants. Our state-of-the-art facilities and equipment provide high accuracy measurement of fuel consumption and emissions in a highly repeatable environment. Accuracy is further improved by strictly controlling the test process to ensure noise factors are minimised.

Fluid Analysis for Electric Vehicles

Ricardo supports our clients with the testing and development of electric vehicle fluid and lubricants. Electric vehicles require fluids with specific properties to allow lubrication of high speed gear and bearing systems, cooling of high voltage power electronic systems, and potentially working within wet clutch systems.

Our electric vehicle fluid analysis programmes assess fluid performance to give designers the key insights they require to enable an increase in vehicle efficiency and an increase electric vehicle range.

Enabled by our world-class facilities and equipment, Ricardo can test electric vehicle range to global standards on legislative cycles and highly customisable real world drive cycles. Our advanced instrumentation provides accurate assessment of system performance to determine fluid performance and the effects of degradation under a range of different scenarios.

Testing is supported by our engineering and technician team who are on hand to provide expert analysis and advice to help our clients to get the most out of their results and from their product.

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