Accession Number:

ADA193452

Title:

Managing Fuel Quality in the Department of Defense.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.,

Corporate Author:

LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT INST BETHESDA MD

Report Date:

1987-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

81.0

Abstract:

Fuel quality problems can have serious consequences on DoDs mission. Poor quality fuel can degrade weapons systems performance and damage critical weapons components. Avoiding such problems is the responsibility of DoD fuel managers. It was found that current quality control procedures detect and avoid almost all fuel quality problems before the fuel is used. DoD has experienced relatively few documented fuel problems that cause inadequate performance of DoD weapons systems. Of the few fuel quality problems that exist, the most common is diesel fuel deterioration during long-term storage. War reserve stocks in remote overseas locations, particularly those with hot climates, are most susceptible. The rapid turnover of diesel fuel stocks generally avoids deterioration in the United States. Strategies to improve fuel quality management should, therefore, focus on diesel fuels in long-term storage. The authors offer recommendations to the Defense Logistics Agency. For a more lasting solution to diesel fuel deterioration, the authors suggest that the Service fuels research offices continue to investigate the use of additives for increasing stability. The research Offices should also develop a new, more reliable diesel fuel stability test. The current test is ineffective in screening fuels likely to deteriorate.

Subject Categories:

  • Fuels
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE