UDRI researchers discover cause of dangerous jet fuel contamination

Researchers at the University of Dayton Research Institute used their expertise in fuel research to discover contamination that caused jet-engine failures that occurred on airplanes starting in 2017 and led to a July 2019 safety alert from the federal government.

“We’re aware that the FAA, NTSB and other aviation organizations, along with industry, are working on training and education for aircraft operators and airport personnel, as well as making recommendations for refueling system design and fuel handling policy,” said Steven Zabarnick, who heads UDRI’s fuels and combustion division.

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Written by Lynn Hulsey.

Originally published January 6, 2020.

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