Accession Number : AD0432818


Title :   MICROBIAL CONTAMINATION OF AIR FORCE PETROLEUM PRODUCTS,


Corporate Author : ARMY BIOLOGICAL LABS FREDERICK MD


Personal Author(s) : Cockey, Ralph R ; Hodge, Howard M ; Iverson, Warren P ; Wilkes, Charles E


Report Date : Jan 1964


Pagination or Media Count : 37


Abstract : A study was undertaken to develop information and methods for control of microbial growth in jet fuel storage tanks and aircraft wing tanks, and to determine the vulnerability of other widely used AF materials to microbiological attack. The relative contamination level of fuel storage tank bottoms at 30 AF bases was determined, the flora characterized, and pathogenicity to laboratory animals of the predominant types determined. A number of water-soluble microbicides were evaluated. Potassium dichromate was an effective biostatic agent in laboratory and limited-scale field trials. A number of fuel- and watersoluble biocides were evaluated and several selected as worthy of more intensive testing. Ethylene glycol monomethyl ether, the principal ingredcient of mil-i-27686 anti-icing additive, was found to exert a marked biocidal action in concentrations above 10% in fuel tank bottoms. Fuel injection grade alcohol is recommended as an antiseptic wing tank rinse. (Author)


Descriptors :   *FUEL CONTAMINATION , CONTAMINATION , INHIBITION , CONTAMINATION , ETHERS , FUEL TANKS , FUEL OIL , PETROLEUM PRODUCTS , BACTERIA , ALUMINUM , LIQUID ROCKET FUELS , ICE PREVENTION


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE