Accession Number:

AD0432818

Title:

MICROBIAL CONTAMINATION OF AIR FORCE PETROLEUM PRODUCTS,

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Corporate Author:

ARMY BIOLOGICAL LABS FREDERICK MD

Report Date:

1964-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

37.0

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

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE