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Diesel fuel bug

ecoli at cix.compulink.co.uk ecoli at cix.compulink.co.uk
Fri Aug 27 06:52:05 EST 1999

Nothing particularly new about this. Problems with fuel storage has been 
around a long time. (You should see how carefully they filter the fuel 
before it goes into aircraft - can't have little bunches of bugs 
clogging up the works).

The organisms (bacteria usually) do not actually grow IN the fuel but 
some can survive in the moisture that is almost always around. 
Condensation from the atmosphere would take place in most storage tanks 
when they are only partially filed and that is all it needs. The problem 
is that although the organisms will only degrade a tiny amount of fuel, 
the biomass they form (biofilms etc etc) can "drop off" into the fuel 
and cause problems of blockages.

Peter, Reading

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