Hormoconis resinae in Aviation Kerosene
Micro organisms can grow in certain fuels by using the alkanes in the fuel as a foodstuff. In some cases, they may be able to utilise some of the additives in the fuel. Mid to light distillate fuels are particularly susceptible to contamination by micro-organisms, although more recently there are increasing reports of gasoline being affected, particularly some of the more “environmentally friendly” products.
The type of organisms and the damage inflicted depend upon on the fuel and the additives. All contamination is important when considering the quality of a fuel, particularly when monitoring stored products and reserves.
A wide range of micro-organisms can be found in fuels in aircraft tanks and, if left unchecked, can cause damage to the tanks, the most serious organism is the filamentous fungus H. res.
This is for a number of reasons;
Corrosion In Aircraft Tanks
In aircraft, high levels of bacteria and yeasts tend to indicate that you have picked up poor quality fuel and, as such, are useful indicators. However, this does not necessarily mean that they are causing any problem in the tank, and they will probably be significantly reduced at the next drain. High levels of H. res., however, indicate that there is, potentially, a serious problem.
Introducing FUELSTAT® resinae
Fuel testing kits currently available which involve total microbial counts simply tell us that there are micro organisms present in the fuel and that they are alive. Conidia Bioscience’s new FUELSTAT® resinae diagnostic test goes beyond this. Because it detects only active H. res., it tells us not only that the fungus is present and alive but also that it is growing and, therefore, the potential for damage is real.
We routinely biocide our storage tanks, what added value would FUELSTAT® offer us?
The introduction of a monitoring regime using FUELSTAT® resinae has enabled maintenance engineers to have real-time information on the state of the tank, allowing them to base decisions on any remedial actions on accurate data. No resource time or expense is wasted on unnecessary treatment or other actions. As the FUELSTAT® resinae on site fuel test requires only one sample per tank and takes 10 minutes to operate, it is a quick, accurate, and easy method to test kerosene fuel tanks effectively.
How many tests do we need to test our fuel tanks?
Any other 'specialist' equipment required?
Does it have any reaction with the biocides?