Fuel Contaminants

Evaluate Your Fuel Systems Using Contamination Testing

Particle Technology offers a full range of fuel contamination testing materials for analysing the reliability of components within critical fuel and hydraulic oil systems in the aerospace and automotive sectors.

SAE-AIR-Rev D Appendix A.9 GEC fuel contaminant

Benefits Of Fuel Contamination Testing

The build-up of contamination in fuel systems can have a number of detrimental effects, including:

  • Corrosion of components
  • Clogging of fuel filters
  • Instrumentation failure
  • Blocking of the fuel supply

As well as ongoing fuel testing in the field, manufacturers, suppliers and end-users need to be assured of the viability of components going into a system, for their efficiency, longevity and safety. By using Fuel Contaminants produced and supplied by Particle Technology, you can assess and improve products during the design and product qualification stages of manufacture. Our products are standardised to international specifications; alternatively, bespoke options can be manufactured specifically to meet your individual requirements.

For reasons of quality, health and safety, some of our customers prefer to outsource this kind of testing. We have experience in carrying out bespoke contaminated fuel testing programmes and would be happy to discuss your requirements further.

Fuel Contaminants from Particle Technology

Fuel Contaminants are a mixture of the typical debris found within a fuel system – from iron oxide (rust) to carbon fibre rods, graphite-epoxy composite and explosion suppressant foam.

The wide variety of materials available demonstrate that different systems will potentially become contaminated with different materials; it all depends on what the liquid (fuel or otherwise) within the system comes into contact with and how well the filtration system works at removing that contamination.

Bespoke Options

All of our products are supplied with a Certificate of Conformance and Safety Data Sheet. We can supply:

Blended mixtures and standard products.

If the Standard exists, we have it or can get it and produce the stated contaminant, ensuring components used are measured and meet stated required.

Pre-weighed mixtures

A key parameter of any contaminated fuel test is the concentration of contaminant in the fuel. Generally speaking, smaller-scale tests using smaller volumes of fuel will require very small amounts of fuel contaminant. In such cases, due to limitations of the test laboratory and/or the wide range of components that may be required, there is a challenge in taking a representative sample.

Our solution is to provide vials containing pre-weighed amounts sufficient to contaminate 5l, 10l and 100l of fuel as per their respective specifications stated concentration. Bespoke options are also available – please get in touch with your requirements.

 

Individual ingredients in a wide range of sieved fractions.

Fractions of various materials are available upon request. The products are made using traceable sieves and are typically certified at ≥90% (by mass) within range. Fractions made using the following sieve sizes (microns):

20, 25, 32, 38, 45, 53, 63, 75, 90, 106, 125, 150, 180, 212, 250, 300, 355, 400, 425, 450, 500, 600, 710, 850, 1000, 1250, 1400, 1700, 2000, 2360 & 3150.

 

Fuel Contaminants Range

  • AMC to CS-670 (no Carbon Fibre)
  • AMC to CS-670 (with Carbon Fibre)
  • BS EN 14236 (British Gas) – 4 x 250 g packs
  • BS EN 14236 (British Gas) – 4 x 50 g packs
  • ISO 4020 CB5 Fuel Contaminant.
  • MIL-E-5007D Table X (Fuel Contaminant)
  • MIL-E-005007E Table X (Fuel Contaminant)
  • MIL-E-5007 Rev C Table I (Fuel Contaminant)
  • Mil F 8615 Table V Fuel Contaminant
  • SAE AIR 4246 Rev A/B Table C1 (with carbon fibres)
  • SAE AIR 4246 Rev C/D Table C1 (with carbon fibres & GEC)
  • SAE AIR 4246 Rev A/B/C/D Table C2 (no carbon fibres)
  • SAE AIR 4246 Rev D Appendix A2 – Red Iron Oxide (Fe2O3) – 0 – 5 microns
  • SAE AIR 4246 Rev D Appendix A2 – Black Iron Oxide (Fe3O4) – 0 – 5 microns
  • SAE AIR 4246 Rev D Appendix A.3 (Cotton Linters)
  • SAE AIR 4246 Rev D Appendix A.4 – Crushed Quartz Fraction 150-300micron (>96%)
  • SAE AIR 4246 Rev D Appendix A.4 – Crushed Quartz Fraction 300-420micron (>96%)
  • SAE AIR 4246 Rev D Appendix A.4 – Crushed Quartz Fraction 420-1000micron (>96%)
  • SAE AIR 4246 Rev D Appendix A.4 – Crushed Quartz Fraction 1000-1500micron (>96%)
  • SAE AIR 4246 Rev D Appendix A.5 – Crushed Quartz – MIL E 5007 D Sand 3.2.5.6.4
  • SAE AIR 4246 Rev D Appendix A.6 – Iron Chips 0-150micron
  • SAE AIR 4246 Rev D Appendix A.6 – Iron Chips 150-500micron
  • SAE AIR 4246 Rev D Appendix A.7 – Aluminium Chips 0-150micron
  • SAE AIR 4246 Rev D Appendix A.7 – Aluminium Chips 150-500micron
  • SAE AIR 4246 Rev D Appendix A.8 (Carbon Fibre Rods)
  • SAE AIR 4246 Rev D Appendix A.9 (Graphite Epoxy Composite)
  • SAE AIR 4246 Rev D Appendix A.10 (Explosion Suppressant Foam)
  • SAE ARP8615 Table 5 Contaminant

 

If the product you are looking for is not listed above, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us to discuss your requirements further.

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