Aviation Fuels: Specifications and Test Methods


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    Las Vegas, NV

    11/19/2019 - 11/21/2019

    Flamingo Las Vegas
    3555 S Las Vegas Blvd
    Las Vegas, NV 89109

    702-733-3111

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    Phoenix, AZ

    3/17/2020 - 3/19/2020

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    About the Course

    This extensive 3-day class provides broad coverage of aviation fuel specifications and test methods. The course focuses on how specifications are used to control the quality of aviation fuels and why they affect product performance and availability. Emphasizing practical applications, the course covers the development of specifications and methods, highlights past and current problems, explains methods of testing and manufacturing aviation fuels and discusses transportation systems. Interaction of aviation fuels with aircraft engines and ground equipment is also stressed.

    The class is taught in a participatory atmosphere and includes access to numerous hands-on samples of aviation fuel equipment. In addition to the course workbook, you will also receive a copy of ASTM's manual on Aviation Fuel Quality Control Procedures, as well as copies of various ASTM standards.


    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of this class you will be able to:

    • Determine how specifications are used to control the quality of aviation fuels and why they affect product performance and availability
    • List bulk and trace properties of aviation fuel
    • Describe past and current problems related to aviation fuel
    • Explain various methods of testing aviation fuels and how they are manufactured
    • Explain methods of fuel handling, sampling and transportation
    • Describe the interaction of aviation fuels with aircraft engines and ground equipment.


    Who Should Attend

    Anyone needing a general understanding of fuel specifications and quality control, especially supervisors, managers, and professionals new to the field in:

    • Fuel handling or systems design lab operations
    • Purchasing
    • Quality control
    • Airport service firms
    • Fuel refiners
    • Pipeline operators
    • Fuel and equipment suppliers
    • Inspection labs
    • Trading companies
    • Government agencies
    • Aircraft, engine, or accessory manufacturers

    Not intended for laboratory technicians or those who run the tests because it does not address detailed conduct of the various methods.


    Course Description

    Class starts at 8:00 a.m. each day and ends at 4:30 p.m. on days 1 and 2. Following lunch on the third day, an airport fueling facility may be included in the course provided such a visit is accepted by the local airport authorities.

    Day 1

    • Jet Engine Descriptions
    • Jet Fuel Descriptions and Specifications (Commercial/Military)
    • Hydrocarbon Types
    • Jet Fuel Specification Properties
      • Bulk Properties: Volatility, Low Temperature and Combustion, Density, Heat Content, Viscosity
      • Trace Properties: Oxidative Stability, Compatibility with Materials, Particulate Content, etc.
    Day 2
    • Jet Fuel Non-Specification Properties
      • Cleanliness
      • Water Content
      • Micro-organisms
      • Color
      • Lubricity
    • Aviation Gasolines (Avgas)
      • Engines
      • History
      • Specification Listings
      • Specification Properties: Knock Ratings Lead Content, Volatility, Heat Content, Storage Stability, Water Separation Corrosivity
    • Fuel Manufacture
      • Methods
      • Control of Properties
    • Additives
    • Fuel Handling and Transportation
    • Static Electricity
    Day 3
    • QC: Equipment and Procedures
    • Tour of Airport Fuel System


    ASTM Standards Referenced

    ASTM Standards

    • D56 Test Method for Flash Point by Tag Closed Tester
    • D910 Specification for Aviation Gasolines
    • D1655 Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuels
    • D4057 Practice: Manual Sampling of Petroleum and Petroleum Products
    • D4865 Guide for Generation and Dissipation of Static Electricity in Petroleum Fuel Systems
    • ASTM Manuals
      • MNL 5 Aviation Fuel Quality Control Procedures
      • MNL 1 Significance of Tests for Petroleum Products (Ch. 5)


    Fee Includes:

    • Course notes
    • Inspection tour of fuel systems at an international airport (if available)
    • Certificate of Attendance
    • 2.1 Continuing Education Units
    • Coffee breaks


    About the Instructor

    Fred Barnes, Aviation Fuels Consultant

    Fred has taught the Aviation Fuels Specifications and Test Methods for ASTM for a number of years. He has been involved in aviation fuels consultation on aviation fuel technology including fuel specifications, test methods, quality control, terminal and aviation operations, technical services, training, contractor and problem resolution with supply/distribution quality assurance and testing for over 40 years.

    He has participated and led in industry activities such as ASTM, IATA, API, SAE, Energy Institute, JIG, ATA, NATA and CRC. He is currently a Vice Chairman of ASTM Subcommittee J on Aviation Fuels.

    He was employed by Shell and Chevron and was the Chevron Aviation Operations Manager for Chevron USA, which included commercial airlines, fixed base operators, and military customers.

    Roger Gaughan, Aviation Fuels Consultant

    Roger is the Vice Chair of the ASTM Spark and Compression Ignition Aviation Fuels Subcommittee (ASTM D02.J02) and the Chair of the CRC Aviation Gasoline and Piston Fuels Group. He has been involved in aviation fuels research and provided technical assistance for over 30 years. He recently retired from ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company where he carried out projects related to jet fuel and aviation gasoline.

    His wide range of research interests included jet fuel lubricity properties, mechanistic studies of filter coalescence, detection and quantification of microbial contamination in jet fuel & aviation gasolines, development of analytical methods and techniques for identification of contaminants, development of ExxonMobil's unleaded aviation gasoline, combustion research and discerning the impact of crude oil quality on aviation fuels. He was routinely responsible for conducting inspections from refinery to airport, ensuring aviation fuel quality throughout the distribution system. Resolving product quality issues in the field and conducting inspections continue to be a focus in his consulting activities.


    About Sponsoring Committee

    Organized in 1898, ASTM is one of the world's largest voluntary standards development organizations. ASTM standards have grown to be among the world's most widely used and accepted documents. The 82-volume Annual Book of ASTM Standards contain 13,000 standards written by 34,000 members on our 140 technical committees. Committee D02 on Petroleum Products, Liquid Fuels, and Lubricants developed the standards used in this course. For more information, contact Alyson Fick at (610) 832-9710 or go to our D02 technical committee page.


    ASTM Membership

    Attend this course and receive a FREE 1-year membership to ASTM International and Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants. (Applies to new members only and may not be used to renew existing memberships.)


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    How Learning Will Be Assessed

    Learning will be assessed through a series of question and answer sessions.


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