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At the inception of the gas turbine, it was generally advertised by the uninitiated and ill-advised that gas turbines could “run on anything.” This thesis did not attempt to answer for how long - how well - how reliably - and most importantly, how economically.
Experience, after millions of hours of turbine operation in both aviation and ground units, has proved that the turbine engine does indeed require some sophisticated attention to its “care and feeding,” and that the proper attention to its diet is of utmost importance.
It is the purpose of this paper to pinpoint some of the sources and types of fuel contamination and to outline precautions and procedures currently in use by the industry to preclude the possibility of contaminated fuel from reaching the turbine. In this connection, practices used in the aviation sector of the industry will be explored in detail since millions of gallons of jet fuel daily are being supplied to aviation turbines clean, bright, and dry with utmost reliability of product quality. Similar procedures applied to ground and marine units can assure dependable and economical operation.
fuels, fuel storage, quality control, fuel contamination
Manager, Quality Control, Gulf Research and Development Co., Pittsburgh, Pa.