Multi-component gas analyzers help FAA monitor jet fuel

A multi-component gas analyzer from Rosemount Analytical is helping the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) find safer jet fuel solutions.


Rosemount Analytical’s MLT 2 multi-component gas analyzer is helping the FAA monitor jet fuel conditions.

A multi-component gas analyzer from Rosemount Analytical is helping the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) find safer jet fuel solutions.

Striving to reduce the possibility of in-flight fuel tank explosions, the FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center has been performing laboratory tests to seek ways to make jet fuel safer. Until recently, it has been unable to obtain real-time in-flight data. Lab-based instruments based on flame ionization detection (FID) techniques are unsuitable for in-flight use. However, a special Rosemount Analytical MLT 2 multi-component gas analyzer with two non-dispersive infrared (NDIR) benches in parallel, from Emerson Process Management, is helping overcome that obstacle.

The rugged design of the device allows it to withstand flight rigors and provide accurate, real-time in-flight flammability (hydrocarbon) data from the aircraft fuel tanks. It gave consistent readings when compared to typical FID detectors. The analyzer measured hydrocarbons as 2% propane equivalent with an accuracy ofing conditions.

To meet FAA needs, Rosemount modified the analyzer to control the temperature of the sample compartment up to 120 °C to eliminate the chance of jet fuel condensation. The device can also be continuously purged for safety purposes. Its successful application to in-flight jet fuel monitoring has led the FAA to order a second unit.

MLT Series of NGA 2000 analyzers offers multi-component, multi-method analysis using infrared, ultraviolet, thermal conductivity, paramagnetic, and electrochemical oxygen sensor technologies. The MLT 2 gas analyzer measures up to five gas components and can be configured as a stand-alone unit, a system control analyzer with front panel display and keypad, or an analyzer module.

—Jeanine Katzel, senior editor, Control Engineering,

No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Robotic safety, collaboration, standards; DCS migration tips; IT/OT convergence; 2017 Control Engineering Salary and Career Survey
Integrated mobility; Artificial intelligence; Predictive motion control; Sensors and control system inputs; Asset Management; Cybersecurity
Big Data and IIoT value; Monitoring Big Data; Robotics safety standards and programming; Learning about PID
Featured articles highlight technologies that enable the Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies to get data more easily to the user.
This article collection contains several articles on how automation and controls are helping human-machine interface (HMI) hardware and software advance.
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Mobility as the means to offshore innovation; Preventing another Deepwater Horizon; ROVs as subsea robots; SCADA and the radio spectrum
Future of oil and gas projects; Reservoir models; The importance of SCADA to oil and gas
Big Data and bigger solutions; Tablet technologies; SCADA developments
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Jose S. Vasquez, Jr.
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
click me