JET FUEL CONTAMINATION
APPLICATION NOTE 2.001.A0
Kerosene is the most commonly used material for the production of jet fuel. Fuel systems demand that jet fuel be delivered free of water and dirt. Jet fuels tend to retain fine particulate matter and water much longer than aviation gasoline due to the corrosion inhibitors and anti-static additives, which contain surfactants. Therefore, they require more than just settling tanks for contamination removal. Equipment such as fine particle filters and water separators are used to remove the contaminants. These surfactants impair the performance of the water separators and particle filters.
Jet fuel can be contaminated by fresh or saline water, forming a haze, emulsion or small-entrained droplets. There exists a need to continuously monitor this free water and particle contamination in jet fuel. This monitoring is necessary at several different locations; at the refinery where separation is taking place, at the pipeline upon delivery or discharge, and at the airport prior to loading to aircraft.
The Monitek in-line continuous fuel contamination monitor will immediately detect operating inefficiencies in the filters and separators. It will detect free water that has accumulated during storage and/or contamination that has been picked up in the pipeline. It is a vital tool, which enables the operators to continuously check the delivered product. In many cases detection is at limits up to 1 PPM of free water.
The explosion-proof unit is required for any of these applications.