RESEARCH PAPERS: Gas Turbines: Combustion and Fuels

Surface Fouling in Aviation Fuels: An Isothermal Chemical Study

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E. G. Jones, W. J. Balster, J. M. Pickard

Systems Research Laboratories, Inc., An Operation of Calspan SRL Corporation, 2800 Indian Ripple Rd., Dayton, OH 45440

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 118(2), 286-291 (Apr 01, 1996) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2816590 History: Received February 10, 1995; Online November 19, 2007


Surface fouling in aircraft fuel lines that results from autoxidation of aviation fuel remains a serious and very complicated problem. This area has been studied using two Jet-A fuels, POSF-2827 and POSF-2980. The results of a series of dynamic experiments conducted in a single-pass, tubular heat exchanger operated at very slow flow rates under near-isothermal conditions are reported herein. Such studies, by minimizing complications resulting from fluid dynamics and heat flow, constitute a simpler global approach to the chemistry of fouling. The basis for the selection of experimental test conditions is discussed, and data from measurements of dissolved oxygen and surface deposition as a function of fuel stress duration are presented. The effects of parameters such as reaction temperature, tube diameter, experimental test time, and fuel dopants are considered.

Copyright © 1996 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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