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 email@example.com.
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