Compensate your density results

The density of a liquid petroleum product depends on its temperature. Temperature compensations allow for a density at the measuring temperature to be adjusted to the density at a base temperature ensuring consistency in global trade of petroleum products.


Base conditions for the measurement of density, or also known as standard conditions, describe a specified set of absolute pressure and temperature at which the measurement needs to be reported. 

Legal regulations usually require that sales of liquid petroleum products to end customers be compensated to the legally defined base conditions. 

Base conditions are often defined jurisdictionally and different specifications apply depending on the region. For example, in Europe, Canada, Australia and South America the most commonly used base conditions are 101.325 kPa (14.696 psi) absolute for pressure and 15 °C for temperature, whereas in the USA the most commonly used base conditions are defined as 14.696 psi absolute for pressure and 60 °F for temperature.

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