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Diesel Fuel Contamination

Diesel Fuel Contamination

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Diesel fuel contamination can take many forms but the introduction of the new bio diesel fuels, as a result of EEC legislation is becoming an increasing player.

Bio-diesel can absorb up to 1500ppm of water, much higher than pertro-diesel’s 50ppm providing a better environment for diesel fuel contamination. The means that any user of the bio fuels will have a greater quantity of water in their fuel than non bio diesels users. Temperature changes in the fuel tank result in condensation and the water sinking to the bottom providing an interface where the microbial diesel bug lives, breeds and dies building up as a sludge in the bottom of the fuel tank.

Other causes of diesel fuel contamination are poor fuel storage, sloppy fuel transfer and housekeeping practices, and can result in water, sand grit, dust and other debris ending up in the fuel.

Diesel contamination due to the introduction of lower sulphur content diesel fuel is causing sluggish engine performance, engine failure and general wear and tear on diesel engines in narrow boats, farm machinery like tractors and harvesters, boats, haulage industry and heavy plant contractors.

Diesel fuel additives can control or kill diesel bug but will not remove it, relying on the diesel engines ow combustion to burn off the microbes during normal running, however there is evidence that some engines are simply not able to cope with this and engine failures are being reported.

Latest news on the wire is that the authorities at Sharpness are insisting on documentary evidence for boat owners of having their diesel fuel polished before being allowed to exit the canal system and head into tidal waters due to the potential of engine breakdown.

Diesel fuel contamination is becoming a growing problem, but solutions are available.