Flash Point Test Procedure:
Procedure: Solvent-type products (those that form two distinct layers,
as seen in the previous demonstration) will often have a flash point that
is low enough to be dangerous. If the flash point (sometimes even the fire
point) is at, or below room temperature, that fact can be demonstrated as
- Pour a small amount of the competing
product into one of the metal dishes.
- Keep another metal dish handy to smother
the fire, should the product ignite, during the next step.
- Pass a lighted match slowly accross the
surface, about ¼ inch above the product.
- Repeat steps 1 & 2 with Alken Even-Flo® to show
that our product will not ignite.
Sludge Dissolving Test Procedure:
- Place a small dab of sludge in the center
of two metal dishes
- Add 3 drops of water to both
- Cover the whole with a heavy non-detergent
motor oil (SAE 30 or equivalent). This simulates conditions at the bottom
of an oil-tank. The motor oil allows the action to be visible.
- Add 2 droppers of competitive treatment
to one dish and 2 droppers of Alken
Even-Flo® to the other.
|The surfactants in Alken
Even-Flo® will begin to attack the sludge and emulsify the water, while
the competitive treatment will show little action other than a slight solubilization
of the sludge.|
- At times, it may be advantageous to hasten
the action by slightly warming the dishes with a lighted match held under
them Be careful using a competing product with a low flash point.
Surface Tension Test Procedure:
- Place a drop of water, about ¼ inch
in diameter, in each of two aluminum weighing dishes.
- To one of these dishes, add a drop of the
competitive product, to the other add a drop of Alken Even-Flo®. Add the products very gently by just bringing
the drop of treatment into contact with the edge of the water drop.
- Most competitive products will simply surround
the water drop and slightly increase its size. Alken Even-Flo® on the other hand, will reduce the surface tension
of the water to such an extent that it will immediately spread over the
entire surface of the dish.