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pCom Emergency Response Trailers Certified for JP-8 Fuel

By March 1, 2010 News No Comments

Squire Tech Solutions pCom 300 and pCom 400 approved by Perkins for JP-8 Fuel.

About JP-8: JP-8, or JP8 (for “Jet Propellant 8?) is a jet fuel, specified in 1990 by the U.S. government. It is kerosene-based. It is a replacement for the JP-4 fuel; the U.S. Air Force replaced JP-4 with JP-8 completely by the fall of 1996, to use a less flammable, less hazardous fuel for better safety and combat survivability. U.S. Navy uses a similar formula to JP-8, JP-5. JP-8 is projected to remain in use at least until 2025.

JP-8 fuel is used at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, for heating, electrical generation, and melting ice for water. It is used because it will not gel at low temperatures.

JP-8 is also used by Army Food Service Specialists (cooks) to fuel Modern Burner Units (MBUs) IAW Army Field Feeding Manual FM 10-23.

JP-8 is used for military diesel engines too. Because Cetane number is not specified this aviation fuel is causing troubles in modern highly supercharged engines during cold start and idling due to low compression temperatures and following ignition delay. Because lubricity is not specified, modern rail diesel engines can experience problems in high pressure fuel pumps and injectors.

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