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Flight line Portable Fuel Purifier

Description:

TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Materials 

OBJECTIVE: Thousands of pounds of fuel are recovered from aircraft during maintenance and this fuel is often then used in support equipment. Recovered fuel that is contaminated (water, sediment, hydraulic and/or engine oil) may adversely affect equipment life resulting in unnecessary maintenance costs. This proposed effort will develop a high volume, low cost, portable fuel purifier suitable for many, if not all, flight line and depot operations. 

DESCRIPTION: The proposed effort will identify requirements and key performance parameters (e.g. filtering efficiency, flow rates, etc.) by conducting program office and flight line interviews, designing a flight line fuel purification system, and identifying likely system procurement costs. A prototype system will be constructed, iterated based on user feedback, and a final system will demonstrate Manufacturing Readiness Level 7 maturity at the end of Phase 2. 

PHASE I: Identify requirements and key performance parameters (e.g. filtering efficiency, flow rates, etc.) by conducting program office and flight line interviews. Design a flight line fuel purification system and identify likely system procurement costs. 

PHASE II: Construct a prototype system, refine system based on user feedback. Final system should demonstrate manufacturing level 7 maturity at the end of phase 2. 

PHASE III: Complete final design modifications. Perform all necessary performance and safety tests. Demonstrate flight line usability. 

REFERENCES: 

1: "World Jet Fuel Specifications www.exxonmobilaviation.com/AviationGlobal/Files/WorldJetFuelSpecifications2005.pdf World Jet Fuel Specifications

2:  "MIL-DTL-83133 Rev. E http://everyspec.com/MIL-SPECS/MIL-SPECS-MIL-DTL/MIL-DTL-83133E_14547/"

KEYWORDS: Aircraft Fuel Contamination, Aircraft Fuel Reuse, Fuel Particulate Contamination, Fuel Purification 

CONTACT(S): 

Scott Bryan 

(937) 904-7082 

scott.bryan@us.af.mil 

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