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A program to evaluate the storage stability of the Navy's new distillate fuel is described and cumulated data are presented. The outdoor storage location is shown to be a factor in the aging process, on the basis of data obtained from fuel stored in Maine, Maryland, and Florida. The use of tinned cans is shown to be unsuitable for long term storage tests of Navy distillate fuel. The results obtained in accelerated tests such as a 110°F beaker test or the ASTM Test for Stability of Distillate Fuel Oil (Accelerated Method) (D 2274-70), are shown to be indicative of results obtained in long term tests outdoors. From available data it appears that one week of storage at 110°F is equivalent to about 1¼ months outdoors at ambient temperature.
fuel storage, fuels, accelerated storage tests, fuel aging, total gum, insolubles, adherent gum, temperature effects, quality control
Project engineer, Fuels, Naval Ship Research and Development Center, Annapolis Laboratory, Annapolis, Md.