MICROBIAL CONTAMINATION OF AIR FORCE PETROLEUM PRODUCTS
Technical documentary rept. Mar 1963-Mar 1964
ARMY BIOLOGICAL LABS FREDERICK MD
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A study was undertaken to develop information on the control of microbial growth in jet fuel storage tanks and aircraft wing tanks. One year after the addition of anti-icing additive to the fuel, six Air Force installations were selected and surveyed periodically. The survey revealed sterile or nearly sterile fuel systems at the Air Force bases, and a similar condition was observed at other installations where the fuel contained the additive. The biocidal properties of ethylene glycol monomethyl ether and other mono ethers were evaluated. The monomethyl ether was found to be superior to ethyl and butyl mono ethers when tested under realistic conditions. Of several compounds evaluated for use as potential or standby fuel-soluble biocides, arsenosobenzene at a concentration of three ppm in the fuel was effective when tested under realistic conditions.