Keep tanks clean, quality and power improvement – ​​DTN – AgFax

Diesel full on the farm. © DebraL Ferguson Stock Photo

Good fuel management begins with a fuel storage tank. Due to the tight tolerances of fuel in today’s diesel machinery, it is important to consider the condition of the fuel in the storage tank. Keep the tank clean and free of water. The tank should be inspected twice a year.

Water pollution is a common problem. Condensation pollutes diesel fuel and allows the growth of microorganisms. Microbial growth feeds on diesel fuel, but lives in water. High-sulfur diesel fuel once killed this growth. Today’s low-sulfur fuels are not.

Biocides kill microorganisms. However, after that, dead microorganisms settle on the bottom of the tank along with rust and dirt. Each can cause clogging of filters and injectors. Eliminate water and eliminate fuel problems.

Here are three ideas to help keep your fuel clean.

  1. Check the water. As the temperature rises and falls, water droplets form on both the inside and outside of the tank. Damage to the vents and hood can also cause water to enter the tank during rainfall.
  2. Fuel tanks should be inspected seasonally, especially in spring and autumn. Monitoring devices such as automatic gauge systems and gauge sticks covered with alcohol-compatible water paste that discolor in the presence of water are available.
  3. Make a plan to manage water pollution. Ground tanks should be located away from potential inflows of rainwater and contaminants. Inspect gaskets, hatches, vents, and filling caps for damage. Check the product spill containment bucket. If water is present, do not drain it into the tank. Instead, remove and dispose of properly.

Change the filter. Filters need to be replaced quarterly.

Additional thoughts

The fuel system of a machine is a raging place. Diesel flows from the fuel pump to the common rail at 35,000 pounds per square inch. It travels to the injectors, where fuel is sprayed into the combustion chamber through the seven holes in each injector. Each of the seven holes is only twice the diameter of human hair. Without detergent in the fuel, the injector can become clogged.

Therefore, good fuel management begins with the purchase of high quality fuels with high end additive packages. Does the quality of the fuel you buy meet the advanced needs of my equipment?

Premium diesel offers more power and better fuel economy than regular second diesel. Fuel tests have shown a 4.5% increase in power compared to common diesel fuel.

Not all fuel passes through the injector. If black fuel is found in the tank, it means that the amount of recirculated diesel has been “coke” or cooked. That is not the desired result. Heat changed the fuel molecules. The injector stabilizer added to the diesel prevents coking.

Quality found in premium diesel fuel

  • Cetane number is high. Cetane number measures the ignition delay of fuel, the speed at which a mixture of air and fuel burns. Higher cetane numbers mean cleaner combustion and faster start-up. This reduces battery wear and emissions and improves fuel economy. Cleaner combustion means less heat is generated by the regeneration (regeneration) event of the diesel particulate filter (DPF) and each regeneration. The DPF canister burns particulate matter into ash.
  • Lubricity. Diesel lubricants reduce friction and wear on fuel pumps and injection components. These engine parts are under strong pressure. More lubrication reduces downtime.
  • detergent. Detergent keeps fuel and engine parts clean. Detergent keeps the fuel injector clean.
  • Other. The additive package also contains a demulsifier to keep water out of the fuel. Corrosion inhibitors that extend the life of injection pumps and stabilizers that prevent the formation of gum and sludge during storage.

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