MICROBIOLOGICAL COMTAMINATION OF SHIPBOARD FUEL SYSTEMS, CAUSES-CONSEQUENCES-CONTROL

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Authors
  1. Haggett, R.D.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research Establishment Atlantic, Dartmouth NS (CAN)
Abstract
Microbiological contamination (MBC) of fuel tanks and fuel piping by fungi, yeast and bacteria is a common, but often ignored, cause of fuel system failure. The consequences of MBC range from blocked fuel purifiers, coalescers and filters to catastrophic engine failure resulting in repair costs in the millions of dollars. One such case involved fuel contamination which severely damaged several gas turbine engines with resulting repair expenses exceeding seven million dollars. Laboratory analysis of fuel taken from the contaminated tanks confirmed the presence of salt water, suspended particulate and interfacial fungal mats with the predominant organism being Hormoconis resinae. The TRUMP updated 280 Class destroyers have water ballasted fuel tanks and therefore possess the potential for MBC related fuel problems. In this presentation, the causes and consequences of microbiological contamination (MBC) in shipboard fuel systems will be discussed as well as DREA efforts for the control and elimination of MBC.
Report Number
DREA-NAMT-95-2-PAP-5 — CONTAINED IN 99-00779
Date of publication
30 May 1995
Number of Pages
11
DSTKIM No
99-00788
CANDIS No
510352
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Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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