Thankfully, there is an easy-to-use test that you can rely on to verify that your jet fuel meets demanding aviation standards for water content.
Shell Water Detector
Free water in aviation fuel has led to ice formation, filter blockages and consequent engine failure. It can also allow microbial growth in fuel tanks, which can cause fuel spoiling and filter blocking. Acids generated by the microbes can even cause corrosion damage. Low concentrations of water suspended in fuel cannot be detected by visual inspections.
The Shell Water Detector is a device for determining the presence in jet fuels of finely dispersed undissolved water in concentrations lower than those normally detectable by visual examination. Water dispersions of this type can result from the emulsification of a water/fuel mixture during pumping, or from the precipitation of dissolved water due to a fall in fuel temperature.
The Shell Water Detector is manufactured following strict quality assurance standards in a purpose-built, humidity-controlled facility. The manufacturer has ISO 9001:2008 accreditation for quality management, which covers manufacture, assembly, packaging and supply. The Shell Water Detector is proven and now comes in easier-to-use packaging, which is designed to enhance product quality assurance even further.
For over 50 years, operators across the world have relied on the Shell Water Detector to check their aviation fuel for suspended water that cannot be detected by visual inspections. The detector capsules are widely used, thanks to their effectiveness and simplicity.
Imitations are available, but, for quality you can trust, we recommend using the original, internationally recognised, industry standard that is the Shell Water Detector.
We understand the importance of sampling efficiently while wearing the correct personal protective equipment, which is why our new Shell water detector tubes have flip caps.
Screw-top tubes can be difficult to use, especially when wearing gloves. We understand the importance of sampling efficiently while wearing the correct personal protective equipment, which is why our new shell water detector tubes have flip caps. These are easy to open and seal with one hand while wearing gloves. We also recommend using reverse-action syringes, which draw samples in when the plunger is pushed – an action that can be performed easily using one hand.
Each new-look box contains the same number of capsules (80), but there are now 8 tubes with 10 capsules per tube: previously, 8 capsules in 10 tubes. This change is permitted by the replacement of a desiccant sachet with a coating and reduces packaging waste.
New, Easy-To-Use Tubes and Enhanced Quality Assurance
Each in-service tank daily
Each filter drain (hydrant filter/loading filter) daily
Each fueller filter drain daily and as per JIG 1 5.3.1
Each hydrant dispenser daily and as per JIG 1 5.3.2
All fueller and trailer tanks daily and as per JIG 1 5.3.1