Fuel Science

UDRI's Dr. Zachary West holds a sample of jet fuel diluted in solvent ready for analysis to look for trace contamination. Components, even in the parts-per-million level, can significantly affect how a fuel performs. (U.S. Air Force photo/John Harrington)

Keeping Fuel Safer and More Stable

UDRI Fuel Science experts conduct experimental and computational research in jet fuel thermal stability, jet fuel cold-flow improvement, fuel additives, fuel autoxidation, chemical kinetics and computational fluid dynamics of fuel oxidation and deposition, molecular modeling of alkane/fuel crystallization, aircraft fuel system operation at low temperature, fuel chemical analysis, chemical analysis of additives, fuel solid-liquid equilibria, fuel instrumental analysis, and biological contamination of fuel.

Capabilities

  • Quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) systems for measuring fuel deposition, oxidation, and the effect of additives
  • Various gas chromatographic systems with atomic emission, mass spectrometric, and flame ionization detection
  • High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with uv-vis absorption, electrochemical, and refractive index detection
  • Scanning Brookfield viscometry
  • Low temperature optical microscopy
  • Differential scanning calorimetry
  • Solid-phase extraction techniques for preseparation of fuel components
  • Computational molecular modeling and molecular dynamics
  • Development of pseudo-detailed chemical kinetic models
  • Various thermal oxidation and pyrolysis fuel heat exchangers
  • Total carbon analysis
  • Direct PCR analysis of biological contaminant organisms

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Top: UDRI's Dr. Zachary West holds a sample of jet fuel diluted in solvent ready for analysis to look for trace contamination. Components, even in the parts-per-million level, can significantly affect how a fuel performs. (U.S. Air Force photo/John Harrington)

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University of Dayton Research Institute


300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 7759
937-229-2113
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