The Fuel Quality Council (FQC) will study the relationship between diesel fuel quality and modern high pressure common rail diesel engines, identify possible issues with that relationship, and evaluate the viability of potential solutions.
The Fuel Quality Council will engage in a number of data collection, analysis and research initiatives as directed by the General Council and Steering Committee. These initiatives will include the following:
The Fuel Quality Council will be most successful with broad participation by all who are engaged in the diesel fuel and engine markets. Participants should include but not be limited to:
Any interested stakeholder is eligible to participate in the Fuel Quality Council by becoming a member of either the General Council or Steering Committee:
The following working groups are currently in session to discuss and develop our next research projects:
If you are currently a FQC participant or interested in becoming an FQC participant and getting involved in one or more of our working groups, please contact Amanda Appelbaum, Director of Research.
As new high pressure common rail diesel engines have increased their share of the U.S. market, there have been increasing reports of engine breakdowns and failures presumably related to diesel fuel. The Fuel Quality Council was formed to try to understand the current relationship between diesel fuel and diesel engines and work toward improving that relationship. , To guide these discussions, the Council has initiated a project to collect and analyze empirical engine data to help qualify and quantify the types of problems being reported and their associated costs. The Engine-Fuel Performance Analysis will catalogue engine issues being reported, identify any common trends, and establish whether a root cause or causes can be determined.
NREL will be analyzing the types and number of fuel-systems engine problems reported to determine whether there are any trends in the types of problems reported and whether a root cause of these problems can be identified. NREL will then deliver to the Fuels Institute a final report containing their findings.
If you have observed issues in the market, this is your opportunity to share your unique perspective and use it to drive discussion for change. By contributing data to this study, the particular issues you have experienced will be included in our analysis and you will be contributing to a foundational document that will help guide discussions about the future of the diesel fuel market.
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The following represents relevant literature, studies, and webinars the Fuel Quality Council has reviewed thus far relating to diesel fuel quality and engine performance. The Council is continuing to receive reports and update this list on ongoing basis. To submit a new report for our consideration, please email Amanda Appelbaum at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diesel Fuels Technical Review, Chevron, 2007
Fifth Edition Worldwide Fuel Charter, ACEA, Auto Alliance, EMA, JAMA, September 2013
Bulk Fuel Filtration for Off-Road Applications, 10th International Filtration Conference, Paper No. IFC10-019, Richard Douglas, Caterpillar, 2013
MyCleanDiesel Webinar: Why do Carboxylates Plug My Filter?, Donaldson Filtration Solutions, August 3, 2016
Clean Fuel and Lube Solutions Webinar: Why Fuel Filters Plug, Donaldson Filtration Solutions, February 3, 2016
Clean Fuel – Keep Running, Donaldson Filtration Solutions, 2017
Emerging Challenges of Fuel Filtration, Donaldson Company, Inc., American Filtration and Separation Society, 2009 Spring Conference
Glycerin Related Premature Plugging of Fuel Filters, Donaldson Filtration Solutions, Post 2005
The Effect of Hard Particle Wear on Diesel Injectors, Donaldson Filtration Solutions, 2015
Diesel Fuel Storage and Handling Guide, CRC Report No. 667, September 2014
ULSD/Biodiesel Blend and its Effect on Fuel/Water Separation, American Filtration & Separation Society Annual Conference, Donaldson Company, May 2008
Potential Problems of High Efficiency Fuel Filtration and Cold Flow Improver Additives, IASH 2015, 14th International Symposium on Stability, Handling and Use of Liquid Fuels, Donaldson Company, Inc., October 2015
Contaminants Found on Diesel Fuel Storage Tank Filters, IASH 2011 – 12th International Conference on Stability, Handling and Use of Liquid Fuels, October 2011
BP: Retail Diesel Cleanliness Study Update, Rick Chapman, ASTM D02 Subcommittee 14, December 3, 2007
Worldwide Winter Diesel Fuel Quality Survey 2016, Infineum.com
The Need for 10 -μ Diesel Dispenser Filters * “The Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval”, NCWM Fuels and Lubricants Subcommittee (Phone Conference), Prentiss Searles, American Petroleum Institute, December 15, 2015
Letter to NCWM Laws and Regulations Committee, NATSO, PMAA, SIGMA, NACS, Energy API, January 19, 2012
Letter to NCWM Laws and Regulations Committee, CIM TEK Filtration, July 10, 2013
Item 2307-4 W Section 4.3 Dispenser Filters, Missouri Department of Agriculture, 2012
Support the Consumer – Require 10-Micron Diesel Fuel Filter, Energy API, Dispenser Filters at retail (flow rate less than 15 gallons per minute) (Section 4.3 (237-3))
Clean Fuel & Lubricant Solutions Knowledge Base: How to Use Water Absorbers, Donaldson Filtration Solutions
Recent reports state that modern high-pressure diesel engines are experiencing problems with today’s diesel fuel. This workshop will bring stakeholders together to share perspectives on fuel quality, recognize the challenges and opportunities facing each sector and identify commonalities to expedite market improvements.
(Session times are for reference only – engagement of the audience will dictate actual times)
Welcome and Introductions
John Eichberger, Fuels Institute
Setting the Stage – What are the issues facing the market?
Amanda Appelbaum, Fuels Institute
An overview of the results from interviews with stakeholders concerning potential changes in product standards and specifications, development of potential best practices for ensuring product quality throughout the distribution system and understanding the scope and cost of vehicle problems associated with fuel quality.
Engines and What They Need
Speaker – TBA
An overview of engine technology being deployed in modern vehicles, the role of the technology and how it works. What elements might be sensitive to fuel quality, why and to which fuel characteristics in particular? Where will the technology be in the next 10-20 years? The session will also detail what elements of ASTM D975 might be modified to enable the most efficient operation of this engine technology.
Refinery Operations and Investments
Speaker – TBA
An overview of how a refinery produces diesel fuel, what investments are expected over the next 10 years that might affect diesel production and what adjustments in infrastructure or processes might be required to meet the desired changes to ASTM specifications as detailed in the preceding session.
Biodesel and Renewable Diesel
Speaker – TBA
A discussion of the current market for these two products and insight into the long-term opportunities that exist. We will also review ASTM specifications for both products, discuss how the industry manages product quality and ensures stability of the products within the distribution market.
Welcome and Review of Day 1
The Role of Additives
Speaker – TBA
Diesel fuel is treated with different additives at different stages of the distribution system. This session will provide an overview of which additives are commonly introduced into the diesel fuel supply, when and where and by whom, the ultimate purpose of those additives and the potential interaction of different additives with each other.
Terminals and Pipelines
Speaker – TBA
An overview of operations, current capacities, restrictions and opportunities, and existing product handling practices within the terminal and pipeline sector of the distribution system. The speaker(s) will discuss the differences between handling jet fuel and diesel fuel and will explain the investments required to ensure product quality throughout.
Fuel Delivery to End User
Speaker – TBA
This session will cover everything from the terminal to the vehicle fuel tank. It will address among other things: How do tank trucks manage their inventory and apply best practices to ensure product quality? How do fuel dispensing facilities manage their inventory and apply best practices to ensure product quality? What is being done to address and control corrosion in underground storage tanks? What else can be done to ensure product quality in the final stages of distribution and deliver?
Speaker – John Eichberger, Fuels Institute
A round up of what was heard at the workshop and a description of next steps.