Conduct Liquid Color Measurement for Aviation Gasoline

Reviewed by Anurag Mishra (Sr. Technical Consultant)

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Fuel is an important part of any vehicle, be it cars, trucks or planes. It is the life-generating battery for the transport due to which it kick starts to run. Covering the majority of fuels, we can observe that all of them are very much similar in appearance. When we talk of colors, there is very less shade difference among them. 

Thus, it is quite easy to get confused when the fuels are placed with no name. In, case you mistakenly put diesel in a petrol-based car. It can be simply drained out using some help of experts. But what if the same mistake happens in the aircraft? If by mistake the fuels to be filled changes, the results in aviation is dangerous. The flight can fall down and crash to death of people in it. Moreover a huge loss of property as well. We all know that’s not going to happen as it is just not possible that the oil is labelled with its name. But what if the mistake is conducted at the fuel station or wherever, it got labelled?  Hence, keeping a difference, and making a quantitative analysis of the same is vital to the aviation industry. This can be done by using liquid color measurement tools.

The need for Color Control in Aviation Gasoline

Aviation gasoline exhibits the most complicated and costly manufacturing process. This is major because of numerous processing steps it undergoes for getting ready to be fitted for aircraft piston engines. Now, imagine a slight flaw in poor color quality can lead to restarting of an entire process again. So much of monetary loss!

Instead, an accurate color quality testing via a portable spectrophotometer can help in detecting those flaws at an initial stage and till the production downline.  This device can easily detect if a wrong dye color is mixed with wrong fuel batch. It will aid in searching all other issues at an earlier stage of production, like whether there are impurities in the antioxidants used to improve stability, incorrect lead additive proportions, or inaccuracies in the distillation, alkylation, or isomerization phases of your process.

Also, it is very important to trust the right supplier while purchasing the testing device as improper equipment can also lead to quality control issues. A testing device such as mentioned above is the best solution for measuring accurate color consistency in aviation fuels.

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