Jet fuel contamination: anyone who works outside the aviation industry may be slightly oblivious to the fact that jet fuel (or any fuel for that matter) can become contaminated with microbes. In fact, Conidia Bioscience made a note that jet fuel contamination has grounded a number of commercial aircrafts for weeks on end in the past.
The grounding of aircrafts is a consequence of microbial contamination left untreated, which eventually leads to a huge financial loss for commercial airlines, both in treatment and passenger revenue.
The economic growth in countries like India, Brazil, China, and other countries has resulted in an increasing demand for flights in those zones. These flight paths are prone to high risks of microbial contamination, which makes early screening and testing even more important.
One of the most common causes of jet fuel contamination comes from particulate matter. Despite the protective coating on an aircraft’s interior surfaces, small amounts of water can still find their way into jet fuel systems. Airborne particles—such as dust, pollen, rubber, fabric and solids from microbial infestation (such as cellular debris or microbe by-products) can also find their way into the fuel.
Stored products and reserves of aviation jet fuel are especially susceptible to contamination. In general, however, microbial contamination is the most problematic. The level of danger is determined by a jet fuel’s properties, the type of contaminant, and any additives used.
The filamentous fungus, Hormoconis resinae (H.res), is one of the most serious microbes found in aircraft tanks. IATA (International Air Transport Association) classifies H.res as the predominant fungus found in jet fuel. Bacteria, yeasts, and other fungi make up the rest of the cases.
For more information about jet fuel contamination or to see how Conidia Bioscience can help with their fuel testing kits, please see their website here: https://conidia.com/
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