What causes problems in my fuel system?

Dirty fuel

Water in fuel

Low sulfur content in today's fuel (sulfur is a natural biocide and lubricity enhancer)

Damaged O-rings on fill caps

Dirty fuel tank

Getting bad fuel from a fuel station

Not keeping fuel tanks full allows for condensation to get into the tank

Unstable fuel allows asphaltines and paraffins to drop out of solution

Once the fuel breaks down the individual components feed on yeast, fungus, and bacteria in your fuel and deposits the byproduct in your fuel tank (everything you see that is caught in your fuel filters)

Problems caused by unstable fuel:

  1. Power loss that could result in death in emergency situations
  2. Engine failure
  3. Microbial growth buildup
  4. Emmulsified or standing water in tank
  5. Incomplete combustion
  6. Corrosion of fuel tank
  7. Fuel injector failure
  8. Dirty fuel filters

American Clean Fuel uses fuel ionizing, chemical treatments, and high velocity fuel circulation/filtering to elimate microbial growth, remove water, and stop corrosion in your fuel system!

Contact Chase for a fuel sampling or set up a fuel polishing service today and you will experience decreased maintenance, increased fuel efficiency, a cleaner fuel burn, less time spent fighting fuel problems, and reassurance that your equipment will operate correctly in case of an emergency.

Below is a breakdown of the Mission Critical fuel testing that will be completed on your fuel:

  • Distillation ASTM D86: Distillation temperature is the temperature at which 90% of the fuel volume can be distilled off. Th temperature is directly related to the fuel's volatility and therefore, it's Cetane Index, density, flash point, and viscosity as well. a #2 diesel fuel's minimum distillation temperature is 282 degrees Celsius. Its maximum is 338 degrees Celsius.
  • Microbial Growth ASTM 6469: Bacteria, fungi, and mold are indications that fuel storage tanks have not been properly maintained. Water can build up at the bottom of storage tanks and create an excellent breeding ground for biological growth.
  • Flash Point ASTM D93: Flash point is the lowest temperature at which the vapors of a combustible liquid will ignite momentarily in the air. Low diesel fuel flash points indicate contamination by more volatile fuels such as gasoline. For Flash Point by Pensky Martens and Flash Point by Cleveland Open Cup, refer to ASTM Guidlines for minimum flash point requirements. 
  • Water by Karl Fisher ASTM D6304: Water by Karl Fisher measures water by titration and is reported in ppm (parts for million) or % by volume. 
  • Appearance ASTM D4176: Visual inspection identifies outside contamination sources or coolant degradation. Oil and fuel contamination can destroy rubber seals and changes in color may indicate changes in chemical composition or possible mixing of formulations. Foaming causes loss of heat transfer. Odor helps confirm the source of contamination and/or degradation sources. 
  • Sulfur ASTM D5453: Sulfur content will affect the SOx emmisions nd can have adverse effects on many NOx and PM emission reduction devices. The amount of sulfur allowed in diesel fuel is regulated by the government Bulk delivery of sulfur diesel fuel should be tested to include sulfur levels. 
  • API Gravity ASTM D1298: API Gravity is the measure of a diesel fuel's density, or weight per volume; the higher the API Gravity, the less dense the fuel. API Gravity can provide valuable information about a fuel's composition and performance characteristics including power economy, low temperature properties, and smoking tendencies. 
  • Copper Strip Corrosion ASTM D130: Copper corrosion testing evaluates a fluid's tendency to corrode cuprous metals. Results are based on the matching of corrosion stains and are often reported on a pass or no-pass basis. Non-corrosiveness should not be confused with rust inhibiting, which is the protection of a surface from a particular contaminant, such as water, rather than the lubricant itself. 
  • Cetane Index ATM D976: Cetane Index is a measure of a diesel fuel's ignition quality. The limit for a #2 diesel fuel is a Cetane Index of at least 40.   
  • Sediment & Water ASTM D2709: Water and Sediment in fuel can cause corrosion wear, bacterial growth and premature fuel filter clogging. The amount of water in fuel should not exceed 500 ppm (0.05%). Sediment should be no greater than 100 ppm (0.01%).

Fuel samples from before and after fuel polishing

Fuel samples from before and after fuel polishing

This picture shows microbial growth being collected by one of our fuel polishing machines

What process does American Clean Fuel take to clean your fuel?

First, we add our top shelf fuel additive to the fuel. Second, we insert a suction and discharge hose into the proper ports on your tank. Then, the fuel gets sucked from the machine at either a rate of 35 gallons per minute (gpm) or 120 gpm depending on what machine is used. The fuel then passes through an ionizer where the fuel is ionized and any mtallic debris is caught. It then enters and passes through a set of 5 fuel filters where the fuel is filtered down to 1 micron, goes through the fuel pump, and back into your tank as clean, treated fuel. The fuel is filtered until no more microbial growth or water is present in the fuel. The fuel will be stable for a period of up to 2 years.

This picture shows microbial growth present in a customers fuel/water separator he uses for the tanks in a yacht.

Draining, cleaning, re-building, and re-priming of the fuel/water separators is part of the services we provide you with when polishing and cleaning your yacht tanks.

If it has a fuel tank we can service it!

No job is too small!

We are able to polish fuel and clean fuel tanks on most service vehicles and equipment.

American Clean Fuel will be expanding our range of services nationwide the spring of 2018.

Currently we only serve the Gulf Coast area but we are growing fast and expect to have the ability to go nationwide soon.

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