Fuel Sampling & Testing
AXI’s fuel sampling and testing equipment allows equipment managers to gain a thorough understanding of the fuel quality. With our sampling equipment, users are able to pull fuel samples from areas of the fuel tank where contaminants such as water and microbes reside. Once the fuel samples are collected, AXI offers a number of comprehensive options for fuel testing. AXI International recommends all fuel managers to adhere to the following simple 4-step protocol when it comes to regular fuel testing to maintain fuel reliability.
Sampling fuel from a storage tank is the only way to know the true status of your energy source. When sampling, be sure to pull fuel from problematic areas of the tank for the best represented sample. These areas include the bottom of the tank and between baffle walls.
Analyze the fuel sample with a number of available testing methods. Fuel samples can be sent away for lab testing, but results can take a few days or more. For quicker results, testing can be done by yourself using FUELSTAT® or Kolor Kut® water finding paste.
Reacting to your fuel testing results can lead to a number of required actions. If fuel is found to be contaminated above ISO standards, it is recommended the fuel be brought back into operable spec using a fuel maintenance method to remove the harmful contaminants.
This process must be repeated for maximum effectiveness. Fuel tanks can become contaminated after fuel testing and treatment through means of fuel filling/transfer of new fuel, condensation/humidity, and fuel degradation which will occur over extended periods of time.