Petrochemical Color Measurement

From glycol acids to aromatic solvents and chlorinated paraffin, liquid chemicals can be opaque, translucent or transparent, and so require different measurement instrumentation and techniques for successful color measurement. HunterLab offers the right solution, from instrument and software to sample handling fixtures, to ensure consistent and accurate color measurements for every sample, every time.

Test Color of Petrochemical

Petrochemicals include olefins such as ethylene and propylene, and aromatics including benzene, toluene, and xylene. Petrochemicals are the building blocks for a wide range of materials such as solvents, adhesives, plastics, resins, fibers, elastomers, lubricants and gels.


Petrochemicals can be transparent or translucent, and are preferably measured using a transmittance instrument. However if you also measure opaque samples, you may prefer to select an instrument that measures in both transmittance and reflectance mode.

Measure Color of PetroChemical

Many of HunterLab's spectrophotometers are versatile enough to accommodate most applications of color measurement. However, based on 60+ years of experience and a thorough understanding of our customers' needs and product use, these particular instruments are most suited for this industries application.

UltraScan VIS (Diffuse d/8° sphere Geometry, Reflectance and Transmittance, 360-780 nm)

30% of our customers select this instrument for its extended wavelength measurement and its ability to measure both reflected and transmitted color of samples that are transparent to opaque.

Measure Color with UltraScan VIS

If you are unsure which instrument type is right for your samples, please call or email HunterLab technical support and we will be happy to assist you in making the proper instrument selection.

AN 1001 ALPHA

Measuring the Water Whiteness of Liquids Using the APHA Index

Measuring the Water Whiteness of Liquids Using the APHA Index.

AN 1002

CIE Standard Observers and calculation of CIE X, Y, Z color values

CIE Standard Observers and calculation of CIE X, Y, Z color values.

AN 1003

Color Measurement on Very Small Samples

Color Measurement on Very Small Samples

AN 1004

Measuring Degrees of Yellowness with Gardner Index

Measuring Degrees of Yellowness with Gardner Index.

AN 1005

Measuring Color using Hunter L, a, b vs CIE 1976 L*a*b*

Measuring Color using Hunter L, a, b vs CIE 1976 L*a*b*.

AN 1013

Averaging in Color Measurement

Averaging in Color Measurement.

AN 1018

Using Hitch Standardization on a Series of Color Measuring Instruments

Using Hitch Standardization on a Series of Color Measuring Instruments.

AN 1030 Hot Liquid Samples

The transmission color measurement of the hot liquid sample

The transmission color measurement of the hot liquid sample

AN 1031 Identification of Measurement Parameters

Identification of Measurement Parameters

Identification of Measurement Parameters.

AN 1033 Color versus Appearance

Understanding the difference between measuring color and measuring appearance

Understanding the difference between measuring color and measuring appearance.

HunterLab Solution Matrix

Geometry, Measurement Modes, and Indices

Geometry, Measurement Modes, and Indices.

MM 5008 Measuring Opaque Liquids with ColorQuest XE

Measurement method for opaque liquids using the ColorQuest XE, UltraScan PRO, UltraScan VIS

Measurement method for opaque liquids using the ColorQuest XE, UltraScan PRO, UltraScan VIS.

MM 5033 Measuring Opaque Liquids with UltraScan VIS

Measurement method for flat, opaque solids using the UltraScan PRO, UltraScan VIS, or ColorQuest XE

Measurement method for flat, opaque solids using the UltraScan PRO, UltraScan VIS, or ColorQuest XE.

MM 5058 Measuring Opaque Liquids with UltraScan PRO

Measurement method for flat, opaque solids using the UltraScan PRO, UltraScan VIS, or ColorQuest XE

Measurement method for flat, opaque solids using the UltraScan PRO, UltraScan VIS, or ColorQuest XE.