Fuel System Material Compatibility
Office of Automotive Engineering
Scientists develop improved techniques to determine compatibility of fluid-wetted components with automotive fluids. In this extended test, a transmission component (see illustration) is subjected to hot, dust-contaminated transmission fluid for hundreds of hours, simulating real-time conditions.
Today's automotive components must be compatible with numerous environments, operating conditions, and automotive and industrial fluids. For example, fuel system components must be compatible with various fuel types—such as diesel, gasoline, ethanol, methanol, and blends—from all geographic regions.
To help industry investigate these fuel-related issues, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) offers a variety of services, including:
- Contamination control strategy development, implementation, and evaluation
- Specialty fuel formulation
- Hot and cold soak with specialty fuel
- Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) examination
- Material and failure analyses
- Fuel property and contamination analyses
- Fuel compatibility studies
- Lubricity and wear property evaluation
- Filter and filtration strategy analysis
contamination control strategy development • specialty fuel formulation • scanning electron microscopy (sem) examination • material and failure analyses • fuel property analysis • contamination analyses • fuel compatibility studies • lubricity evaluation • wear property evaluatio • filter and filtration strategy analysis