It is essential that that fuel that is put in your aircraft is not contaminated in any way. A contaminated aircraft poses a lot of hazards which include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Corrosion in the fuel system
- Clogging in the fuel filtration components
- Failure in the instrumentation of aircraft fuel systems
- Stoppage in the supply of fuel to the engines
These hazards would yield to more dangerous events this is why it is important that the fuel you put into your aircraft is free from contamination.
Common Fuel Contaminants
The most common contaminants mixed with fuel are the following:
When water is mixed in with the fuel, it can cause the corrosion of the parts of your fuel system. Water can also freeze up when exposed to low temperature, clogging fuel lines, as well as the fuel filtration system, and other parts. When clogging happens, fuel supply will be halted.
Particulates are all particles (solid or liquid) that are suspended in air, but in our case, they suspend in your fuel. In as much as most particulates in the air are hazardous, particulates in fuel are also dangerous. Some particulates can even be the rust and matter from the corroding parts of the aircraft, even the fuel system itself. Some other particulates are dust and sand.
If particulates were to accumulate, clogging may occur, potentially leading to the stoppage in the supply of fuel to the engine. It is essential that you prevent particulates from mixing with your fuel.
Microorganisms can contaminate your fuel, especially when water is present. Some bacteria and fungi can consume the additives in fuel, and produce sludge-like substances. These microorganisms can quickly propagate and cause more harm which includes the corrosion of parts and affect the instrumentation of your aircraft’s parts and systems.
Prevention of Fuel Contamination
Fuel contamination can be prevented. The following preventive measures can be employed to help free your fuel from the risk of contamination:
- Cover open fuel lines
Covering open fuel lines can really help you prevent your fuel from being contaminated. Simply capping your fuel lines is a good measure, helping to keep moisture and particulates from mixing with your fuel.
- Conduct fuel sampling
Fuel sampling can help assess the quality of your fuel. This will also help you identify whether there are contaminants present in your fuel already.
- Observe proper maintenance of your fuel system
Corroding parts can mix with your fuel and lead to all sorts of mayhem. Have your aircraft checked regularly and don’t forget the fuel system. Prevention really is the key.
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