Aviation Fuel Filtration
Office of Automotive Engineering

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SwRI Engineers evaluate filters and other components to determine the cause of failure. Visual inspection of filters and housings is often required to solve problems in the field.

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The aviation jet fuel filtration test facility at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is currently the only independent and unbiased source for developing and evaluating aviation fuel filtration systems. Our state-of-the-art equipment, facilities, and knowledgeable staff offer comprehensive services for filtration manufacturers, distributors, and users, including:

  • Developing innovative filtration media and systems
  • Performing equipment qualification and validation services
  • Developing and validating filtration procedures and methods
  • Providing field analysis and contamination assessment services

Research and Development

With broad capabilities in materials science, engine design and development, and fuel and lubricant technologies, SwRI offers aviation filtration manufacturers, suppliers, and users a single resource for engineering services such as:

  • Long-term materials compatibility design
  • Pipeline and hydrant design and modeling
  • Hydrodynamic and flow simulations
  • Component and equipment performance testing

Technical Services

Single-element and full-scale system tests are performed on aviation filters, coalescers, separators, monitors, and microfilters to ensure compliance with national and international specifications according to API (American Petroleum Institute) and IP (Institute of Petroleum) specifications, including:

  • Specification 1581 for aviation jet fuel filter and jet fuel separators
  • Specification 1583 for aviation jet fuel monitors and absorbent-type elements
  • Specification 1590 for aviation jet fuel microfilters

We also perform tests according to military specifications such as MIL-PRF-52308J.

Qualification Testing

Filtration manufacturers qualify their products to meet national and international specifications. The SwRI aviation filtration facility is an independent laboratory that provides the aviation industry with unbiased and accurate results.

Field Analysis and Contamination Assessment

Filters frequently encounter unknown contaminants or harsh operating conditions, resulting in filter failure. The Aviation Filtration Facility can simulate a wide range of conditions to duplicate the problem and determine the causes of the difficulty, and our staff can visit your site to assess conditions that may contribute to filter or component failure.

Laboratory Support

In addition to the Aviation Filtration Facility, SwRI has extensive laboratory facilities to provide technical support for standard testing or research and development programs. Available equipment includes:

  • Automated tensiometer
  • Microseparatometer
  • Scanning electron microscopes
  • Particle counters

Related Terminology

aviation fuel filters aviation coalescers  •  jet fuel separators  •  aviation jet fuel monitors  •  API/IP 1581  •  API/IP 1583  •  API/IP 1590  •  MIL-PRF-52308J  •  jet fuel filtration facility  •  aviation fuel research

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Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is a multidisciplinary, independent, nonprofit, applied engineering and physical sciences research and development organization with 9 technical divisions.