Cat Fines Test Kit (Al & Si)
The Parker Kittiwake Cat Fines Test kit detects catalytic fines to prevent irreparable damage to fuel pumps, injectors, piston rings and liners. Much of the heavy fuel oil (HFO) burned in the cylinders of large 2-stroke and 4-stroke marine diesel engines is contaminated with hard particles known as catalytic (cat) fines. These particles can cause highly damaging abrasive wear to cylinder liners during the combustion process. The Cat Fines Test Kit has been designed to flag up HFO samples that may be contaminated with dangerous levels of car fines before the fuel has even been pumped aboard. Simple and cost effective, the test can be completed within a few minutes. Example results demonstrate that this test is capable of identifying those fuel samples that have a cat fine concentration of > 60 ppm (Al + Si), which exceed the limit recommended by ISO 8217:2012. The test provides the crew with a very clear “sail” or “don’t sail” indication with regards to fuel quality.