STORAGE STABILITY OF AVIATION TURBINE FUELS: A RADIOTRACER TECHNIQUE FOR ESTIMATING COMPONENT CONTRIBUTION TO THERMALLY INDUCED DEPOSITS.
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BUREAU OF MINES WASHINGTON D C
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A radiotracer technique developed by the Bureau of Mines extends to the parts-per-billion range the sensitivity for determining contributors of deposits formed in stored and thermally stressed jet fuels. The method depends upon measuring radioactivity associated with thermally induced deposits from fuels containing one labeled compound. The technique was applied to 88 test blends, representing 12 fuels and nine carbon-14 labeled fuel constituents or fuel additives, or both. Data from results of these tests are included in this report. With this radiotracer technique, the contribution of fuel components and additives to thermally induced deposits in a variety of fuel environments was estimated before and after storage. Author