Fuel System Safety & Emissions
Office of Automotive Engineering



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image: Scientists routinely measure a fuel's upper and lower flammability limits to determine fuel performance, handling, and safety.

SwRI scientists routinely measure a fuel's upper and lower flammability limits to determine fuel performance, handling, and safety.

Essential to providing robust and environmentally friendly automotive fuel systems is understanding how fuel properties, fuel system components, and system material compatibility interact. Incompatible fuels, materials, and design may allow unwanted release of fuel or fuel vapor, creating pollution of fires. SwRI engineers evaluate fuel-delivery components and systems with respect to a wide range of emissions and safety issues. SwRI provides the following services:

  • Helium- and fuel-leakage testing
  • Hot-fuel handling
  • Permeation testing
  • Vapor management
  • Canister testing
  • Hydrocarbon compound analyses
  • Upper and lower flammability limit determinations  

Related Terminology

emissions and safety issues  •  automotive fuel systems  •  fuel properties  •  material compatibility  •  component capabilities  •  fuel-delivery component evaluations  •  system evaluations  •  helium-leakage testing  •  fuel-leakage testing  •  hot-fuel handling  •  permeation testing  •  vapor management   •  canister testing  •  hydrocarbon compound analyses  •  upper and lower flammability limit determinations

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05/14/14