Today, well over 90% of all gasoline sold in the United States is blended with Ethanol. The increased use of blended fuels also increases the potential for a condition known as phase separation. Phase separation occurs when water enters a tank that contains an ethanol/gasoline blended fuel. The concerns over phase separation are steadily growing as the requirements for ethanol are increasing.
Where Does It Occur?
Ethanol absorbs water. When gasoline becomes saturated, a layer of ethanol and water, known as phase separation, can form in the tank. Since the density of this layer is less than water, typical water floats may not detect its presence.
Up to 100 percent of the ethanol can be pulled out of the gasoline and settle with the water at the bottom of the tank, depending on the fuel blend.
Phase separation that goes undetected can cause multiple problems for a station owner. If the water/ethanol phase is not discovered in time, phase separation instead of fuel may be pumped into a customer’s vehicle. Phase separated product that is dispensed into a customer’s vehicle can cause engine stalling and result in costly repairs. Damage to customer’s vehicles can have extreme outcomes, such as loss of business and customer loyalty. Customers rely on a station to provide a quality fuel, and a station’s reputation depends upon this quality fuel.
Phase separation will also affect the octane rating and other properties of the blended fuel and can result in the station owner needing to dispose of the entire load at a considerable expense. The corrosive properties of phase separation can also damage piping and dispensing equipment, adding even more repair costs for the station owner. Along with equipment damage, significant environmental harm can occur as a result of failing piping and components.
The rising application of ethanol-blended fuels is beginning to display the dangers and the effects that may result if proper equipment is not used. With this easy upgrade, detection of water and phase separation is highly improved, reducing risk for station owners, customers and the environment.
The new kit comes complete with a product float and the new water & phase separation float. Retrofitting an existing site is as simple as pulling the probe, sliding on the new floats and lastly making sure that the most current system software (Version 1.8.0) is installed on the tank gauge. The latest version of software for T5 Series fuel management systems is always available for download through franklinfueling.com.
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