Acetic Acid

Detecting Acetic Acid in Crude Oil Detecting Acetic Acid in Crude OilAcetic acid is used to prevent the formation and precipitation of naphthenate salts during crude oil separation and desalting. However, excess acetic acid can lead to high corrosion rates (~100mils/year compared to a normal rate of around 5mils/year), and can generate a high chemical oxygen demand in waste water treatment plants. There is therefore a need for rapid, on-site measurement of acetic acid levels.