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Gas Analyzer Detects Biodiesel Traces in Aircraft Fuels

Editor: Dominik Stephan

That traces of Fatty-acid Methyl Esters, or biodiesels, could pollute jet aircraft fuels is a common concern of the oil-industry and aviation companies. Analytical instruments company PAC now introduces a analyzer that is specially designed to detect small traces of biodiesels in aviation turbine fuel.

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PAC introduces a gas chromatography analyzer for aircraft fuels, that is specially designed to detect small traces of biodiesels. (Picture: PAC)
PAC introduces a gas chromatography analyzer for aircraft fuels, that is specially designed to detect small traces of biodiesels. (Picture: PAC)

Fatty-acid Methyl Esters, better known as biodiesels, are commonly blended into diesel fuels. Aviation experts nevertheless fear that residues of biodiesel, processed at the same refinery as jet engine fuels, could affect engine performance of airplanes. To face this challenge, the American analytical provider PAC launched their Fame in Avtur (Fatty-acid Methyl Esters in aviation turbine fuels) analyzer.

The Fame in Avtur is a gas chromatography analyser that can be easily used by the average technician. According to PAC, it is specifically designed to be used for routine analysis by refineries, distribution/pipeline companies, independent labs, airline companies, military, and others.

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