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    Microbiological Contamination of Fuels During Storage


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    Microorganism growth during hydrocarbon storage is a well-recognized problem. The most easily detected problem is fuel filter plugging, particularly in aviation fuels. Other problems include degradation of hydrocarbon quality, corrosion of storage tanks, and concentration of hazardous or toxic growth by-products in the water associated with the storage.

    Particular problems and the growth of the microorganisms creating them are discussed. The discussion also includes methods for detection and quantitation of the troublesome organisms and philosophies for control of the microorganism growth.


    bacteria, fungi, hydrocarbon-utilizing microorganisms, microbial degradation of fuels, Cladosporium resinae, biocides

    Author Information:

    Littmann, ES
    Senior microbiologist, Nalco Chemical Co., Sugar Land, Tex.

    Committee/Subcommittee: D02.14

    DOI: 10.1520/STP28362S