Measurement and Testing

OptiReader is Now Included in the ASTM D3241

Dec 11 2017 Comments 0

ASTM D3241 is the Test Method for Thermal Oxidation Stability of Aviation Turbine Fuels. The relatively new PAC/Alcor OptiReader uses a Multi-Wavelength Ellipsometric test method for the scanning of JFTOT Heater Tubes. This premium instrument is now included in the Annex A4 of the new version of ASTM D3241.

The revolutionary ellipsometric jet fuel thermal oxidation heater tube scanner aka OptiReader provides pass/fail results with a full 2D and 3D thickness map defining maximum deposit thickness and volume. Results are not only fast, but also highly precise and accurate. The user interface is so simple it doesn't require any training which saves time and money.

This instrument is adapted to work with the so called Intelligent Heater Tube (IHT). The IHT securely stores the important data associated with jet fuel thermal oxidation test in a small Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) device permanently mounted on the end of the Alcor Heater Tube. This keeps tube and results data together inseparably, facilitating traceability and ensuring accuracy.

Jet fuel thermal oxidation tests (JFTOT) are critical for determining the quality of jet fuels. With JFTOT it is crucial to have testing materials meeting strict dimensions and composition controls. Alcor by PAC, has delivered this high level of quality and reliability for more than thirty years. Alcor heater tubes provide superior performance and produce reliable results, but until now, archiving data meant keeping heater tubes and data separately. Quality audits require matching data with heater tubes. Audits can turn up mismatched data due to poor record keeping or simple transcription errors. The IHT now enables simplification of record keeping, improves traceability, and minimizes audit headaches.

The Alcor Intelligent Heater TubeTM is the only heater tube on the market that can electronically store all the important data from JFTOT instruments directly onto the heater tube and is designed to work perfectly together with the OptiReader.

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