Oil In Soil Detection

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HMA INSTRUMENTATION is the official distributor of SiteLAB products from Australia. SiteLAB’s field analysers use ultraviolet fluorescence (UVF) technology to measure the content of oil in soil. This state-of-the-art technology is used to measure different types of petroleum contaminants in soil. The ultraviolet fluorescence technology (UVF) spectrometry principle underpinning it relies on the electronic configuration of the molecular structure for each compound. Aromatic hydrocarbons, which include carcinogenic compounds like benzene, naphthalene, benzopyrene, etc, both excite and emit energy at specific wavelengths.

The fluorometer’s response to each sample is measured by the instrument. Samples are extracted in methanol solvent using disposable test kits, and then placed into the analyser for analysis, where the concentration is displayed in only a few seconds. HMA INSTRUMENTATION also distributes portable test kits to measure petroleum contamination in soil, sediment, and water. SiteLAB uses UVF technology to detect concentrations of hydrocarbons commonly found in gasoline, jet fuel, diesel fuel, heating oils, waste oils, coal tars, coal ash, creosote, crude oils, and many other petroleum products.