PART H - FREQUENCY OF TESTING
Guidelines and procedures for testing of petroleum products must also be contained within the sampling and
gaging SOP. Listed below are some of the general requirements; more detailed information can be found in
To determine the minimum frequency of sampling and testing, you would refer to MIL-HDBK-200, Tables
II and III (Figure 6-10 and 6-11). With these tables and the information obtained from the DA Form 1804
(Petroleum Sample) Tag, you can determine what type of minimum test is required to be performed on the
samples taken (such as type A, B-1, B-2, B-3, or C test). The same tables list the type of samples to be taken
(such as an upper, middle, lower, composite, all-level, line sample or a representative sample for packaged
The proper size of the sample is covered in paragraph 5.4, MIL-HDBK-200. Normally, liquid samples
submitted for analysis will not be less than 1 gallon in size; semisolids will not be less than 5 pounds.
Special samples and gasoline samples requiring ASTM aviation supercharge method of determining
performance numbers will be of 5-gallon size unless otherwise directed. Samples of jet fuel requiring full
specification tests will be 5 gallons.
Gasoline, Automotive 1/
Turbine Fuels, Aviation 1/
Note Product stored in collapsible containers
shall be tested every month as a minimum.
Figure 6-10. Minimum frequency for testing petroleum products (MIL-HDBK-200, Table II - excerpt).
Upper, Middle, and
installations, etc., on
Shore tanks and
Same as Serial 1
pipeline, main depot
Figure 6-11. Minimum sampling and testing requirements for petroleum products
(MIL-HDBK-200, Table III excerpt).