What color is diesel fuel?
Most people never see the fuel they pump into their cars. It goes through the pump, down a black hose, through a nozzle and into the darkness of the gas tank. Gasoline is naturally clear, white, or slightly amber. Diesel comes out clear or yellow.
It all depends on where you take a look at diesel fuel. In general diesel is basically a light brown to dark red color depending on how highly refined it is . You may have heard of ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD), this diesel has been purified even further so that its much cleaner burning and much less polluting than regular diesel making it very bright almost like gasoline but not as clean as ULSD diesel has more sulfur in it and diesel also contains a lot of diesel oil which is a very heavy, thick black gooey substance that will stick to either the fingers or anything it touches. Diesel engines are seen as more efficient than gasoline engines since diesel produces more energy from less fuel when compared with gasoline engines.
So, what is the color of diesel?
Diesel is naturally clear, white, or slightly amber. diesel does not contain dye or pigment, so the color of diesel will be affected by additives. Diesel manufacturers add different types of sulfur to diesel fuel – some diesel contains more sulfur than others.
Where does diesel fuel come from?
Diesel is a fraction obtained by the distillation of petroleum or crude oil. It is used as the source for diesel combustion engines and diesel electricity generators. Diesel fuel contains around 45% saturated hydrocarbons (primarily paraffin including n, iso, and cycloparaffins), 48% aromatic hydrocarbons (including indanes and benzene as) well as other organic compounds such as acetylene. Therefore diesel may contain traces of toxic substances like benzene but also sulfur which is responsible for its characteristic smell.
How is diesel fuel different from gasoline?
There are several major differences between diesel and gasoline fuels.
- First, diesel has a much higher energy density per volume than does gasoline.
- Second, diesel fuel injection produces greater engine power at speeds of about 2500 rpm or lower, an advantage that reduces the need for gears in some cars.
- Finally, diesel engines are more efficient than comparable gasoline engines burning the same amount of fuel. The compression ratio for diesel engines is typically around 22:1 compared with 17-18:1 for gasoline engines.
This means that diesel only differentiates from other types of gas due to its color but also due to how it is made or burned. Since diesel color is different diesel has to be processed differently by being diesel colored.
Why does diesel fuel smell different from gasoline?
Gasoline smells because it contains small amounts of organic compounds, primarily aromatic hydrocarbons. These are the same compounds that are pleasant smelling when aromas are inhaled during baths, perfumes, etc. Another compound in gasoline is sulfur which can cause sore throats and coughing when inhaled in large amounts over a short period. The diesel smell is caused by the high amount of sulfur used as a diesel fuel cleaner additive. You must know that sulfur stinks! Thiols, which are included in diesel exhaust fumes, have been found to play a role in the formation of acid rain.
Researchers have also found diesel fuel in diesel engines is being used by special bacteria that can create their energy from the sulfur. This creates an ecological problem because all diesel pollutants come from our cars, trucks, buses, etc. This means the diesel particles are toxic.
What is red diesel or “off-road diesel”?
Diesel is colored with a red dye for use in agricultural equipment and off-road vehicles only. Red diesel, known as “off-road diesel” or just “red diesel” in the United States, is taxed at a lower rate than standard diesel fuel. In the U.S., it can be purchased at any certified farmer’s co-op, whereas non-agricultural customers have to purchase from special pumps using a dedicated card system.
Can diesel fuel be pink?
No. Diesel fuel is not naturally pink, but diesel engines are originally the diesel-engined car was used to be colored pink to increase the visibility of any leaks that may appear on the exterior of the vehicle or around its engine compartment.
What is blue diesel?
'Blue diesel' refers to diesel fuel with added blue dye. This is often done so that diesel can be differentiated relatively easily from gasoline, which is naturally clear or slightly amber.