Development and Testing of Aviation Fuel Filters
For more than 40 years, Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®) has conducted aviation fuel research and testing, continually improving capabilities, facilities, and equipment.
The Institute operates a world-class aviation fuel filtration test facility, providing an independent and unbiased source for developing and evaluating aviation fuel filtration systems. SwRI's Engine, Emissions and Vehicle Research Division has achieved certification to ISO 9001 and 14001, ensuring compliance with stringent quality control procedures in design, development, testing, and environmental management. Using state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, SwRI engineers offer comprehensive services for filtration manufacturers, distributors, and users, including:
Research and Development
With broad capabilities in materials science, engine design and development, and fuel and lubricant technologies, SwRI offers a single resource to aviation filtration manufacturers, suppliers, and users. Institute engineers and scientists provide engineering services such as:
Experienced staff performs single-element and full-scale system tests on aviation filters, coalescers, separators, monitors, and microfilters to ensure compliance with national and international specifications, such as the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the Institute of Petroleum (IP). SwRI staff conducts tests according to API and IP specifications, including:
SwRI also performs testing in accordance with military specifications such as MIL-PRF-52308J.
Filtration manufacturers qualify their products to meet national and international specifications. The SwRI aviation filtration facility is an independent laboratory that provides the aviation industry with unbiased and accurate results.
Field Analysis and Contamination Assessment
Filters frequently encounter unknown contaminants or harsh operating conditions, resulting in filter failure. The SwRI aviation filtration facility can simulate a wide range of conditions to duplicate the problem and determine the causes of the difficulty. SwRI staff can also visit the site to assess conditions that may contribute to filter or component failure.
The Institute has extensive laboratory facilities to provide technical support for standard testing or research and development programs. Available equipment includes:
This brochure was published in March 2003. For more information about development and testing of aviation fuel filters, contact Gary B. Bessee, manager, Phone (210) 522-6941, Fax (210) 522-3270, Fuels and Lubricants Research Division, Southwest Research Institute, P.O. Drawer 28510, San Antonio, Texas 78228-0510.