Table of Contents
Journal of Fuels
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 708679, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/708679
Research Article

Preliminary Studies of New Water Removal Element in Purification Applications of Diesel Fuels

Kaydon Custom Filtration Corporation, 1571 Lukken Industrial Drive West, LaGrange, GA 30240, USA

Received 9 July 2014; Accepted 25 October 2014; Published 21 December 2014

Academic Editor: César Sequeira

Copyright © 2014 Ruijun Chen. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

To effectively and efficiently remove water contamination dispersed in petrodiesel fuels, a new water removal element with both coalescence and separation features is studied in this paper. The unique droplet coalescence and separation mechanism occurring in the new water removal element is proposed. The conceptual design of this filter element is presented and the basic features of FCP filtration systems are briefly introduced. A laboratory test stand and fuel analysis procedure are described. The results from preliminary water removal tests with number 2 petrodiesel fuel demonstrate the filtration performance of the new water removal element. For example, within one single fuel flow pass through FCP filtration system equipped with the new water removal element and running at 2 GPM flow rate, the water content in 80°F, number 2 petrodiesel fuel stream can be reduced from up to 40,000 ppm upstream to 64.8 ppm or less downstream.