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The movement of jet fuel from a refinery to an airline located at some distance from the refining facility generally involves tankers and pipelines or terminal facilities or both. Usually the overall agreement of the fuel with test specifications is determined at the point of origin, that is, the manufacturing refinery, and tests taken subsequently are only those which are considered necessary to make certain that the fuel has not been contaminated and has not suffered any significant change in any important property. This paper presents details of typical jet fuel transportation facilities with particular attention to two areas: (1) the test procedure normally utilized to determine quality and (2) the possibility of applying automated test procedures to the measurement of certain critical characteristics at any desired sampling point. The eco- nomics of such an automated analytical installation are discussed with the conclusion that any decision to install automated quality monitoring should be made only after careful consideration of all the facts. These would include: (1) the criticality of the material and the need for continuous quality assurance and (2) the relative costs of laboratory and monitor tests. In any calculation of monitor test costs, full consideration should be given to amortization of the capital investment and to maintenance and operating expenses.
automated testing, automation, jet fuel, analyzing, automated testing costs, processes
Fritz, I. T.