Conidia Bioscience manufacture two onsite fuel testing kits for the aviation market

 

Fuelstat_Resinae-LowResRGBAVIATION FUELSTAT

FUELSTAT resinae

Detects Hormoconis Resinae in aviation fuel

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Fuelstat_Resinae_Plus-LowResRGBFUELSTAT resiAVIATION FUELSTAT+PRODUCTnae Plus

Detects bacteria, yeasts and moulds in aviation fuel

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Sample preparation procedure
Sample preparation procedure for FUELSTAT® resinae PLUS and FUELSTAT® resinae test kits

Take a sample from the fuel tank into a clean container. Allow the sample to “settle” and any water to accumulate at the bottom of the sampling container.

NOTE: When possible, test the water phase of the sample taken from the fuel tank. Testing the water phase will provide more accurate results than testing the fuel stage.

Testing Procedure (the same method is used for either test kit)

1. Unscrew and remove the top from the Fuelstat® Sample Extraction bottle.

• For the Fuelstat® resinae Plus test kit: If there is 15ml of water in the sample, then add the water to the bottle up to the “Water Phase” line. If there is less than 15ml of water in the sample, then add all the water and the fuel from the sample to the bottle, up to the “Fuel Phase” line.
 For the Fuelstat® resinae test kit: If there is 5ml of water in the sample, then add the water to the bottle up to the “Water Phase” line. If there is less than 5ml of water in the sample, then add all the water and the fuel from the sample to the bottle, up to the “Fuel Phase” line.

(Identical procedure for the remaining part of the test)

2. Replace the top and shake the bottle for 5 seconds.
3. Invert the bottle and allow the blue solution to settle completely into the dropper.
4. Remove the Test Paddle from the foil pouch.

NOTE: Do not touch the viewing windows on the test paddle. Touching the viewing windows can contaminate the test paddle. Inspect both viewing windows. There should be a faint blue line opposite the Control Line mark (C). This is used in the production process to line up the device correctly. It has no actual function in the test and will disappear when the sample moves up the wick. If any other visible lines show in a viewing window, then the paddle is contaminated.

5. Write the aircraft number, tank number aircraft cycles and hours onto the test paddle.

6. Remove the cap from the top of the Fuelstat® Sample Extraction Buffer bottle.

• Discard the first two drops from the bottle.
• Place 4 drops of the blue extraction liquid in each sample well. (The sample well will turn blue).

altNOTE: The blue extraction liquid, NOT the fuel or water sample, must be placed in the sample well.

7. Keep the test paddle flat for at least 30 seconds.

8. Wait for 10 minutes.

 Make sure the Control Lines show after 10 minutes.
• If any Control Lines do not show, then the test is not valid.  Read within 30 minutes


Expected test results

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="194"]On Site Fuel Testing Kit - Failed Lateral flow device Click image for a clearer view[/caption]

Failed Lateral Flow Device
If there is no control line visible on any of the LFDs, then the test is invalid and must be run again using a new test kit. Re-test even if there are lines opposite the
“T” (Test Line)

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="194"]On Site Fuel Testing Kit - Negative Result Click image for a clearer view[/caption]

Negative Result
When the test result shows Control Lines and Test Lines on any of the LOW and HIGH LFDs, then the test is negative. This means that there is no contamination or, if there is contamination, it is at such a low level that it requires no immediate action. Note the different strengths of the “C” and “T” lines. This is normal.

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="194"]On Site Fuel Testing Kit - Low positive result Click image for a clearer view[/caption]

Low Positive
When the test result shows Control Lines on all LFDs, plus a Test Line on the HIGH LFD, but no line on the LOW LFD, then the test is positive at the lower of two settings. This means that there is contamination present and it is at level that requires the application of biocide.

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="194"]On Site Fuel Testing Kit - High Positive Click image for a clearer view[/caption]

High Positive
When the test result shows Control Lines on all LFDs, but no Test Line on the HIGH or LOW LFDs, then the test is positive at the higher of the two settings. This means that there is contamination present and it is at a level that requires the application of biocide and tank cleaning.

 

Note the different strengths of the “C” and “T” lines. This is normal.


Actions following testing
Based on the IATA Guidelines, but we advise that each user should define their policy on test frequency and actions following a positive test result.

Actions following testing using FUELSTAT® resinae PLUS or FUELSTAT® resinae On site Fuel Testing Kits

NOTES:
1. If the detection test shows microbial growth, then do the scheduled inspection test more often.
2. After a treatment with biocide, don’t test again until you fly at least 5 flights. This is to make sure that fuel treatment with biocide is fully removed from the fuel tanks before the next test.
3. If the biocide treatment is not effective using 1/3 fuel load, use a biocide treatment with a full fuel load and use the maximum soak time. The contamination may be towards the top of the tank.


Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting advice for FUELSTAT® resinae PLUS and FUELSTAT® resinae test kits

 

Problem
Cause/Remedy
No drops from bottle
Particulate material in sample may be blocking the dropper nozzle. Shake bottle again, allow to settle and then gently squeeze the bottle until drops appear.
No blue dye flow
Add an additional drop, one at a time, until flow is achieved.
No control line visible
Too much sample added or fuel flooded device and test flooded. Repeat with new Test Paddle.Flow components exposed to wet or damp. Repeat test using new Test Paddle.
Faint red Test Lines
Low level of contaminant present or uneven flow of sample. This may be due to insufficient sample added or sample not mixed vigorously enough.If Test Line is very faint, appears to be a shadow and is only visible at close range, then it should be considered to be Positive.
Control and Test lines are blue in colour
Extractor fluid not mixed with Fuel/Water sample properly or Fuel/Water added to sample well. Repeat test using a new Test Paddle
Damaged Devices or bottles
Contact Conidia Bioscience. Please quote the batch number for reference.
Lines appear before sample added
Test device made wet. Repeat test with new Test Paddle.