Evaluation of the Impact of a Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene and JP-8 Blend on the Filters and Filter/Coalescer Performance
Technical rept. 1 Sep 2008-30 Jan 2009
NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND PATUXENT RIVER MD
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Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene SPK is a liquid hydrocarbon fuel which can be produced by several different methods, one of which being the Fischer Tropsch FT process. Since 70 percent of the petroleum currently used in the U.S. is imported and SPK can be produced from domestic hydrocarbon sources such as coal and natural gas, certification of SPK for use as a blending component in JP-8 fuel is being pursued to enhance US energy security. This program evaluated the effects of a 5050 blend of SPK and petroleum aviation fuel with and without the standard JP-8 additive package on filtercoalescer performance. The filtercoalescer elements tested were representative of those currently used in military and commercial filtration systems. The presence of the SPK blending component in the fuel did not impact the performance of the filtercoalescer elements.