||Fuel is the life-blood of the engine and at the same time its single largest factor determining operating cost. A broader understanding of fuel and fuel properties will prove helpful in discussing how fuel conditioning technology may positively affect fuel quality, fuel economy, emissions, engine life, downtime, maintenance and our overall operating budget.|
We can safely assume that engine manufacturers build the best possible quality engines, use the latest technology and strive to build excellent products. However, engine manufacturers have no control over the stability and quality of the fuel going into their engines, or the negative impact engines have on the fuel they use. (Re-polymerization, asphaltene agglomeration).
It is also safe to assume that our fuel supplier always tries to sell us the best possible quality fuel. However, he does not make the fuel and has no control over the storage and delivery systems of his suppliers. Fuel that meets ASTM specifications at the supplier level, does not automatically prevent fuel related problems, such as poor engine performance, injector problems, loss of RPM, excessive exhaust, smoke, filter clogging and tank sludge at the end user level.
Each and every end user fuel tank is an independent eco-system, containing a perishable inherently unstable organic fluid, "The Fuel".
Optimal Fuel Quality is essential to Peak Engine Performance. Poor Fuel Quality not only can, but will, lower operating efficiency. Poor fuel quality will increase maintenance, fuel consumption and emissions. Ultimately it will ruin engines, turbines and shut down your emergency power systems.
The inherent instability of fuel is a given, a fact of life. Just like any other organic fluid, fuel quality will rapidly deteriorate. Fuel quality and chemistry are affected by transportation, storage and as the result of factors such as oxidation, water, microbial contamination, incompatible additive packages, etc. Repeated exposure to the heat and pressure of engine injection systems significantly accelerates the breakdown of fuel quality.
Changes in refining technology have had a negative impact on fuel stability. Catalytic cracking has virtually replaced distillation in the refining of crude oil to meet the dramatic growth in demand of middle distillates such as diesel fuel, jet fuel and kerosene.
Cat-cracking breaks up the heavier fuels to meet the specs of these lighter middle distillates. Cat-cracking enables the refinery to use more than 85% of a barrel of crude oil. Traditional refining processes could only harvest 50% of each barrel of crude oil. The other 50% went to residual oil, more or less a waste stream.
Our "new diesel fuel" wants to change back to its original heavy fuel oil state, which is part of the cause of fuel instability and the formation of solids, tank sludge and re-polymerization.
The stress, heat and pressure of engine injection systems on fuel, accelerates the formation of solids, gum, varnish, sludge, slime, etc. It is this material, of basically microscopic particles growing larger and larger, that forms in excess of 90% of all the waste products plugging filter elements, ruining injectors, causing poor fuel economy, carbon build up and smoking engines.
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Fuel quality is obviously extremely important to the reliability, safety and performance of our equipment, as well as our bottom-line. A visual inspection does not tell us what we need to know about the quality, and combustibility of our fuel. However, there will be an immediate pay back implementing technologies that enhance fuel quality.
In large fuel consumption applications such as the marine industry, power generation, mining, heavy equipment, etc. fuel deterioration and the accumulation of tank sludge has proven extremely costly. It is a well-known fact of life that the more fuel we use, the more tank sludge builds up.
We never use all the fuel in our tanks and always fill up before the tank is completely empty. In essence we continuously add particulate, water and organic debris to the accumulating contaminants in the bottom of the tank every time we fill up.
Periodic tank cleaning and corrosion repair are accepted as normal, and inevitable maintenance. Significant amounts of sludge, water and emulsion accumulate in tanks used for long term / high volume fuel storage, through put and consumption.
Even in applications such as in the truck industry, with smaller tanks and high fuel turn over, replacing fuel filters every 10-15,000 miles is accepted as normal, while filter elements in that industry should easily last 50,000 miles and more.
Tank sludge and "short" filter life are tell-tale signs of the deterioration processes that form solids (organic debris) in fuel. These symptoms should be seen as warning signals indicating much higher than normal fuel consumption, loss of system reliability and a significant increase in overall operating costs.
AlgaeXFuel Conditioning Technology provides solutions that lead to optimal fuel quality and engine efficiency, lower operating cost, extended equipment life and compliance with environmental emissions regulations.
AlgaeX improves fuel economy, eliminates sludge disposal, tank cleaning and visible exhaust, while significantly lowering operating costs. AlgaeX Technology continuously enhances your bottom line.
A diesel engine fuel system is a "closed loop" cycle system. The engine continuously takes fuel from the tank and filters that fuel before it goes to the injectors. The surplus fuel, not used for combustion, returns back to the tank through the return line. One would expect that this continuous filtration process would keep each and every diesel fuel tank absolutely spotless. However, we all know better. The larger the tank, the more sludge, contamination and fuel degradation we experience.
The AlgaeX Magnetic Fuel Conditioner is installed in the fuel line between the tank and the filter. It continuously treats and conditions the fuel directly before combustion and before it returns to the tank. It optimizes fuel quality, and cleans the entire fuel system by simply running your engines.
Induction is the operating principle of the AlgaeX Magnetic Fuel Conditioners. The principle is explained in the realm of physics and implemented here with inline magnetic fluid conditioning devices to influence electron behavior. The results are improved stability, filterability and combustibility of the fuel. This same technology can also be applied to eliminate degradation and preserve the integrity of jet fuel, light oils and hydraulic fluid.
AlgaeX Fuel Catalyst (AFC-705) is complimentary to the AlgaeX Magnetic Fuel Conditioner. The catalyst is an additive concentrate chemically affecting the combustion processes and stability fuel. Its unique formulation contains combustion catalyst, surfactant, dispersant, detergent, corrosion inhibitor and lubricity enhancer.
The combustion catalyst portion of the AFC-705 complements the inductive effects of the Magnetic Fuel Conditioner on the combustion process. Working in tandem, they rapidly remove and eliminate carbon deposits from the combustion chamber and improve fuel economy.
The AFC-705 concentrate has the most effective combination of additives to clean the entire fuel system, eliminate the formation of tank sludge, while providing long-term stability for stored fuel. The function of the corrosion inhibitors and lubricity enhancer are self-explanatory. Used in fuel storage tanks AFC-705 is an excellent tank cleaning agent.
The installation of AlgaeX equipment and the use of the AFC-705 Fuel Catalyst optimizes fuel quality, cleans the entire fuel system, lowers fuel consumption, reduces emissions to comply with clean air regulations and lowers the overall operating budget.