Conidia Bioscience, an aviation and marine fuel specialist, posted a blog post on its website discussing the dangers and mitigation of diesel fuel contamination. He stressed the need for caution for consumers and suppliers of diesel fuel, as contamination can pose a major hazard to businesses and their assets. Microbial contamination is almost always present in one form or another in fuels. If left unchecked for an extended period, it can cause serious damage to engines and tanks, as well as leaks and environmental damage.
Diesel fuel is classified as intermediate distillate fuel, which also contains jet fuel. With various uses in industry and transportation, diesel fuel also benefits from an extensive storage and supply network that contributes to global supply stability. Diesel fuels are susceptible to contamination – a type of microbiological contamination also known as diesel bug or diesel fungus.
Microbes are found naturally all around us and are able to adapt to unfavorable environments to live. They include bacteria, yeasts and fungi that can grow in fuels and feed on the water and hydrocarbons in the fuel. These bacteria have the potential to cause significant damage to fuel systems and diesel fuel delivery infrastructure.
Conidia Bioscience also explains how microbial contamination occurs inside fuel, pointing out that bacteria are prevalent in the air, on surfaces, and almost anywhere there is life. Due to their constant presence, they easily leach into gasoline during transportation and storage. Microorganisms that grow and damage fuel systems are often aerobic, meaning they need oxygen to exist and grow, they can get water. They are fed by the hydrocarbons included in the fuel.
Water enters fuel in a variety of ways, but most notably through condensation, which occurs when the temperature of the water and its surroundings changes. Germs are microscopic, which means they are too small to see with the naked eye. This implies that even the smallest amount of water, even a single droplet, can contribute to microbial contamination of diesel fuel.
These bacteria can grow in fuel systems and their growth can be accelerated by high temperatures. When humidity is included, the chances of diesel fuel pollution increase in locations near the equator.
Companies that use or sell diesel fuel must constantly monitor the danger of the diesel bug. In addition, recent changes to diesel fuel have underscored the need for this requirement.
Conidia Biosciences produces the FUELSTAT diesel fuel test, which puts rigorous scientific testing in the hands of customers in an easy-to-use immunoassay antibody test kit that takes 15 minutes to complete. To learn more, visit https://conidia.com/
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