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ASTM D3241 - 11a standard test method for thermal oxidation stability of aviation turbine fuels


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The test results are indicative of fuel performance during gas turbine operation and can be used to assess the level of deposits that form when liquid fuel contacts a heated surface that is at a specified temperature.

1. Scope

1.1 This test method covers the procedure for rating the tendencies of gas turbine fuels to deposit decomposition products within the fuel system.

1.2 The differential pressure values in mm Hg are defined only in terms of this test method.

1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

1.4 WARNINGMercury has been designated by many regulatory agencies as a hazardous material that can cause central nervous system, kidney and liver damage. Mercury, or its vapor, may be hazardous to health and corrosive to materials. Caution should be taken when handling mercury and mercury containing products. See the applicable product Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for details and EPA’s website additional information. Users should be aware that selling mercury and/or mercury containing products into your state or country may be prohibited by law.

1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. For specific warning statements, see 6.1.1, 7.2, 7.2.1, 7.3, 11.1.1, and Annex A3.

A1.1.1 This method covers a procedure for visually rating the heater tube produced by Test Method D3241.

A1.1.2 The final result from this test method is a tube color rating based on an arbitrary scale established for this test method plus two additional yes/no criteria that indicate the presence of an apparent large excess of deposit or an unusual deposit, or both.

2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately)

ASTM Standards
D1655 Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuels
D4306 Practice for Aviation Fuel Sample Containers for Tests Affected by Trace Contamination
E177 Practice for Use of the Terms Precision and Bias in ASTM Test Methods
E691 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Determine the Precision of a Test Method

ISO Standards
ISO4288 Geometrical Product Specifications (GPS)--Surface Texture: Profile Method--Rules And Procedures For The Assessment Of Surface Texture

Index Terms

differential pressure; fuel decomposition; oxidative deposits; test filter deposits; thermal stability; turbine fuel: Aviation turbine fuels; Fuel degradation; JFTOT (jet fuel thermal oxidation tester); Oxidation testing--petroleum products; Thermal oxidation stability; Thermal stability--petroleum products;

ICS Code

ICS Number Code 75.160.20 (Liquid fuels)

DOI: 10.1520/D3241-11A

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