Jet Fuel Contamination: Water, Surfactants, Dirt and Microbes 630467
In recent years, fuel contaminants have been pinpointed as the cause of several accidents in military jet aircraft and “incidents"” during operation. Free water and dirt, normally filtered out and separated prior to servicing, have been recognized as the principal offenders. Recent studies have shown that the performance of filter-separator equipment can be affected significantly by slight changes in the fuel’s chemical constituents. The efficiency of fuel purification can be degraded by certain additives and trace quantities of surfactants. In addition to causing direct damage, the presence of water and dirt creates an environment for growth of microorganisms.