W. Conshohocken, PA - July 2020 - A proposed ASTM International Stndard would be used to provide evaulating treatment to prevent sludge, fouling and corrosion in the presence of free water and biological contamination in the middle distillate fuel systems. ASTM"s committee on petroleum products, liquid fuels, and lubricants (D02) is developing a proposed standard (WK64043)
"Middle distilate fuel systems thatn burn kerosene, diesel fuel, or heating oil are almost all openly vented and, over time, collect water says ASTM International member Robert Tatnall, CEO of Fuel Right in Wilmington Delaware. "Bacteria and other microorganisms grow in this water phase and some feed off the fuel. The result is fuel sludge, fouling of systems, and corrosion of tanks and ancillary equipment, which leads to operating problems with the engine or burner that uses this fuel and corrosion failure of fuel tanks."
Tatnall says this practice would offer a way to evaluate and determine the relative merits of such products, and it is intended to tallow fuel sysstem owners to evaluate and specify treatment products to keep thehir tanks and equipment sound and clean.
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