The Av gas and Jet A fuel transfer pump guide package – Part II

Happy Monday folks!  On our previous post we discussed the DC portable transfer pump for Aviation (Jet A and avgas).  This is part II of this mini series concentrating on the following:

  • AC power transfer pumps  -explosion proof-
  • Filtration systems
  • Filtering your Aviation fuel if sitting for longer periods.

So let’s get started:

Question: I need a Jet A pump to fill up our Helicopters giving us 40-50 GPM, what options do I have?

The set up is a remote area where a 1000 gallon UL 2085 will be the main work horse to store the Jet A fuel.

TRANSFER PUMP

The pump is an AC Power Blade Master series 1562 explosion proof transfer pump; this versatile pump can handle Jet A, avgas, JP5, JP8 Aviation fuel.  The highlights are as follows:

  • Explosion Proof Junction Box
  • 1.5 HP Explosion Proof UL Listed
  • Engineered to Operate Dry and/or Self Priming
  • Transfer pump for Aviation fuels at 45 GPM

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Download the specification sheet now, click here.

 

 

 

FILTRATION HOUSINGS

We always recommend a good filter and Velcon is what we have always installed for Aviation. These filter housings are versatile housings designed for use with several different high performance Aquacon® and other filter cartridges.

Aquacon® cartridges filter out water by chemically locking it into layers of super-absorbent media. Water capacity is as much as 11/2 quarts, depending on the specific vessel and cartridge. These cartridges also effectively filter out dirt, rust and other particulates.

 

 

 

FILTER ELEMENTS

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Concerned about removing water and dirt from Jet A fuel and avgas? These filter elements have a unique high-capacity inner filter media which removes all free and emulsified water from hydrocarbon fuels down to less than 5 ppm in the effluent. Absorbed water is chemically locked into this media.

When do I know it is time to change the cartridge? – When a cartridge reaches its water holding capacity, its accordion pleats swell and cause an increase in the differential pressure which signals the operator to change the cartridge.

 

Question: What happens if my Jet A fuel will sit for months, how do I filter it?

The beauty about this set up is that the same pump that is being use to push product out to the aircraft (Blade master 1562) can be set up to come on automatically and filter the fuel inside your tank.

How do we do that? During installation, we will adapt a return line back into the tank, we will also fit the pump set up with an automatic timer so that the pump will come on at your specified time interval.

Looking for more information on UL 2085 or F921 storage tanks for Jet A or avgas, go to our tank section by clicking here.

If you have any further questions on how this fully automated set up will work; please do not hesitate to contact us . . . .or call us at +1-281-377-5845

 

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How long can I store Jet A fuel in a UL 2085 storage tank?

Good morning friends and happy Monday. Since we are on a string of blog posts about Jet A fuel and its handling and storage; we wanted to squeeze this entry about the longevity of Jet A fuel in either a UL 2085, F921 tanks.

jet_a_fuel_tanksMost of you are either upgrading your current set up, expanding your above ground storage tanks, or simply just getting started.  Recently the question came up regarding the long term storage of Jet A fuel; so we dug around a bit; talked to a few fuel providers and were able to get some answers.  As we know, Jet A fuel is is a kerosene Type of fuel with a relatively high flash point (100F) with an autoignition temperature of (410F), all this translates into the fuel being safer to handle than avgas.

 

So, how long can you store Jet A fuel in standard above ground storage tanks?

The question centered around a 2-3 year target period; we found a great blog entry Ben Visser who is a fuel and Lubes expert and here is where we start:

“The main concern with Jet A is the water phase. In all large storage tanks, water is present or will form due to condensation. In large flat-bottom storage tanks, the water drain is designed to be the lowest point in the tank. However, after a short time the bottom settles and the water drain no longer drains all the water from the tank.

Two things happen in the water phase. First, any surface active ingredients in the fuel will migrate to the water. These surfactants are things like fuel injector detergents, pipeline additives, etc. As they acuminate, they can get to a high enough concentration that they will disarm the filter separator, which can allow a slug of water through the system and into an aircraft.

The other big problem with the water in Jet A is that when it sits,jet_a_picture small microbes or little bugs start to grow and multiply very quickly. These bugs can then be pumped with the fuel into the tanks of an aircraft. If they are not removed quickly, they multiply very rapidly and can literally start to eat the tank for lunch. If they go unchecked, in a very short time the tank will be ruined and need replacement. This is a very expensive procedure for most aircraft.” —> You are welcomed to read the rest of the article here.

So, as you can see, there is a bit of homework that needs to be done if you are planning on storing Jet A fuel for a long time.  What we are doing here is simply raising a flag so that you can be aware of these possible challenges before diving into; and if you need to talk to anyone one of us here at Transliquid; please do not hesitate to contact us, we will be more than happy to walk you through the process. Click the link to our main contact us page or call us direct at +281-377-5845

Last, Ben also discussed a product called ‘Prist”, apparently this is an additive to Jet A fuel; check it out and you decide. Follow this link .

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Transliquid Technologies – not only thinking different, but doing business different.  Call us today at 281-377-5845