Smoke point testing provides an indication of the
relative smoke producing properties of kerosine and
aviation turbine fuels. Smoke point is related to the
hydrocarbon composition of such petroleum distillates
and considered an indicator of fuel cleanliness.
Wicks are woven from ordinary quality cotton. Equal
volumes of toluene and methanol are used to extract
ERDCO® Specification Grade Wicks™ which are then
dried and packaged in accordance with the
requirements of ASTM D 1322, IP 598, IP57 and ISO
3014. Each clear tube package includes desiccant
and is sealed against moisture as required by the Test
An interlaboratory study (ASTM Research Report
RR:D02-1747) was conducted to evaluate the
precision of a new automated smoke point test
apparatus and to revise the precision of the manual
apparatus. ERDCO® Specification Grade Wicks™
were selected for use in this study - recognition of the
high level of consistency offered by this product.
There are 10 individual wicks per package. As an aid
to Good Laboratory Practice, each package is marked
with Production Lot Number and Date.