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Pilot Field Demonstration of Alternative Fuels in Force Projection Petroleum and Water Distribution Equipment

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Technical Report,01 Sep 2012,04 Sep 2014

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US Army TARDEC Fuels and Lubricants Research Facility (SwRI) Southwest Research Institute San Antonio United States

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To evaluate the potential impact of Army wide use of a volumetric 5050 blend of JP-8 and Fischer Tropsch derived synthetic paraffinic kerosene FT-SPK, three petroleum and water distribution systems were identified for compatibility testing by the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center TARDEC. They included two Force Projection Technology FPT diesel driven pumping assemblies of 350 and 600 gallons per minute GPM, and the Advanced Aviation Forward Area Refueling System AAFARS. The 350 and 600 GPM units were tested by recirculating water in a 20,000 gallon collapsible tank, while the AAFARS system was evaluated recirculating the FT-SPKJP-8 fuel blend throughout the entire AAFARS modular fuel distribution system. Both were evaluated in a 400 hr test cycle at rated conditions, and both were operated successfully on the FT-SPKJP-8 fuel blend, without experiencing any engine related performance issues or material compatibility problems.

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