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Panel members were asked to prepare brief comments on past, present, and future distillate fuel stability trends, then participate in a general discussion of stability and cleanliness. Prepared comments do not necessarily represent a complete consideration of problems and trends—the purpose was to provide a basis for general discussion leading to consensus on needs which should be addressed by ASTM efforts. Overall, comments and discussion led to agreement that, while distillate fuel in the marketplace has generally acceptable stability and cleanliness, less-stable fuels are being produced than in the recent past. Potential use of nonpetroleum-derived fuels increases concerns. Test methods, especially for quality control, are not available which are broadly accepted by the industry, and ASTM efforts to develop standardized methods would be appropriate.
distillate fuel, fuel storage, fuel stability, fuel cleanliness