As diesel fuel systems have become more refined to meet ever more robust emissions regulations, they have also become more sensitive to impurities in the tanks. When the Tier 4 Interim and Final Solutions forced a focus on efficiency, many manufacturers used advanced fuel injection designs to meet the requirements. These new methods were better at filtering out emissions from the process. By developing a more exacting fuel injection process which filters out ever smaller particles, the new engines are able to acheive unprecedented levels of efficiency.
The price of such efficiency however, is the demand for ever cleaner fuel.
“Total machine clearance for a typical fuel injector…today might be just two microns – about the thickness of a single cell bacteria.”
~Philip Johnson, Donaldson Filtration Solutions’ director of new business development.
3 Precautions Ensure the Cleanest Fuel in Your Fuel System:
1) Fresh fuel. The fresher the fuel, the less likely it will be to have contaminants as any water in the tank can support bacterial growth over time.Conventional fuels have a longer shelf life of about 6-12 months. Biofuels or biofuel blends have a quicker turnover rate of 2-3 months. Whichever you use, just be aware that many states require biodiesel to be added to fuel according to Ed English, chief chemist, Fuel Quality Services. These mandated blends can contain up to 5 percent biodiesel (B5) without having to be identified as “biofuel.
2) Storage. To further discourage water in the tanks, make sure to store your fuel tanks inside and away from direct sunlight. The variations in temperature can lead to condensation and microbial growth. Also be sure to avoid galvanized tanks as the zinc and zinc alloys the contain can form unstable compounds that lead to rough running and lower power.
3) Filter before storing. Most experts and chemists recommend filtering fuel when it’s recieved into a storage tank. That way any contaminants the could have been picked up on it’s journey from the refinery, down the pipeline, railcars or transport trucks,and in the storage terminal before being poured into your storage tanks can be removed. One way to ensure this is by filtering the fuel as it’s delivered.
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