U.S. ARMY TARDEC Fuels & Lubricants
Technologies and Accomplishments
The U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research
Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) Fuels and Lubricants
Research Facility at Southwest Research Institute functions as a
dedicated in-house extension of the Army's Tank-automotive and
Armaments Command (TACOM) in Warren, Mich. The TARDEC
facility's technology areas include:
of fuel and lubricant properties and compositions
analysis, and correlation of fuel and lubricant properties with equipment
fuel and lubricant
bench and engine evaluation methodologies
and wear mapping for components and systems
Fuel lubricant equipment interactions
engine combustion and performance mapping analysis
flammability and combustion
Field and fleet
laboratory fuel lubricity evaluation
procedure that correlates with a bench pump stand durability
procedure to provide the Army with the capability to specify fuel
requirements to control wear in diesel injection pumps.
Successfully completed a three-year
technology demonstration at a
U.S. Army base using aviation turbine fuel JP-8 in diesel-consuming
combat, tactical, and administrative ground equipment; provided
assistance in solving non-routine problems to enable worldwide
adoption of a single kerosene-based fuel.
analytical-instrumental chemometrics in a
petroleum quality analysis system protocol that will allow rapid
on-site military or civilian verification of fuel quality.
Designed, fabricated and field demonstrated a
first generation fuel
filtration additive injection unit (FAU) to provide the Army with an
as-needed capability for using stabilizer, biocide, or corrosion-inhibitor antiwear additives or for cleaning vehicle fuel cells. The U.S. Army
and Marine Corps have each used the FAU in successful field
Identified military vehicles, equipment,
and fleets in concert with recent Clean Air Act and alternative fuels
legislation, to be evaluated for future use of cleaner burning,
reformulated gasoline, M85, compressed natural gas, and biodiesel
(methyl soyate) fuels.
high-temperature liquid lubricant and fuel thermal
stability screening procedures for future Army battle tank low-heat
rejection diesel engines. An all-climate, year-round lubricant
candidate was also identified and is undergoing evaluation in Army
high-output, lubricant-sensitive two-cycle diesel engines.
Conducted a cooperative program with industry to develop
vehicle and equipment fuel filter evaluation methodologies that will
provide industry and the Army with needed guidance in fuel system
specifications and standardization.
rapid technical response capabilities for the U.S. Army in
support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm (ODS). This
activity was highlighted by efforts in fuel deterioration,
flammability, cleanliness, and filtration and failure analysis of
diesel engine rotary-type fuel injection pumps. Selected Army and
Marine Corps equipment deployed during ODS used earlier TARDEC
technology in fuel stability and alternative fuels applications,
providing the military with timely information and contributing to
high-level equipment readiness.
For more information about the TARDEC facility at
SwRI or how you can contract with the TARDEC facility or SwRI, contact
Gary Bessee at
email@example.com or (210) 522-6941.