Verified Hydrocarbon Analysis™ (VHA) — the New Standard for Individual and Bulk Hydrocarbon Characterization

Detailed hydrocarbon analysis (DHA) has long been the go-to method of choice when it comes to robust analysis of various hydrocarbon streams. Consisting of a 100-meter column and a flame ionization detector, DHA necessitates long run times and a level of expertise to obtain results with confidence. Even with skilled analysts, results can often be misinterpreted due to the complexity of hydrocarbon streams and the only data point captured being retention time.

To address the concerns and challenges faced with DHA, VUV Analytics™ had developed a new application for the VUV Analyzer™ Platform for Fuels called Verified Hydrocarbon Analysis™ (VHA). VHA employs both retention time and vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) spectral information to speciate compounds commonly found in hydrocarbon streams, while fully characterizing the paraffin, isoparaffin, olefin, naphthene, and aromatic (PIONA) group composition of samples in a 49-minute automated analysis. VHA analysis will be demonstrated and compared to DHA in terms of performance, results, and total cost of analysis. This webinar will also introduce the VUV Analyzer Platform, which can also be used to run ASTM D8071 for gasoline analysis and ASTM D8267 for jet fuel analysis.  Also, it will provide important details on accuracy, precision, and how laboratories can reduce analysis time and cost using this platform.

Key learnings:

  • An introduction to the VUV Analyzer Platform for Fuels – a single platform for fuels analysis.
  • Introduction to Verified Hydrocarbon Analysis, an elevated approach to Detailed Hydrocarbon Analysis – which can also be done on the VUV Analyzer Platform.
  • How laboratories can reduce the cost per analysis and reduce mistakes using Verified Hydrocarbon Analysis, including a case study.

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