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Stability of High-Temperature Hydrocarbon Jet Fuels During Storage

Report Number: APL TDR 64-107
Author: Lander, Herbert R., Jr.
Corporate Author: Air Force Aero Propulsion Laboratory
Laboratory: Air Force Aero Propulsion Laboratory
Date of Publication: 1964-11
Pages: 85
Contract: Laboratory Research - No Contract
Project: 3048
Task: 304801
AD Number: AD0610591

The Air Force has encountered problems of storing fuel for high-speed, air-breathing aircraft. The thermal stability of high-temperature, hydrocarbon jet fuels is affected by periods of storage. During storage, jet fuels must retain their physical and chemical characteristics. Eighteen JP-6 fuels and nine Thermally Stable fuels were stored for various periods of time; data are presented on the results. After only 30 weeks of ambient storage, eight JP-6 fuels failed to pass the minimum specification requirements (Specification MIL-J-25656B) for thermal stability. All of the fuels monitored passed the thermal stability requirement when procured by the Air Force. The critical period in the life of high-temperature fuels regarding thermal stability occurs in the early storage period. Handling, transfer, and fuel deterioration are cited as possible influences on this early storage degradation.

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