Bactericides are often added to diesel and other hydrocarbon-based fuels to prevent the growth of bacteria that can cause blockages in fuel filters, corrode fuel tanks, and damage engine components.
Fuel tanks can provide an ideal environment for bacterial growth, especially in warm and humid conditions. As a result, microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, and yeasts can thrive in fuel tanks, feeding on the hydrocarbons in the fuel and creating a sludge-like substance that can clog filters, corrode metal surfaces, and reduce the efficiency of the fuel system.
Bactericides work by targeting and destroying the bacteria’s cell walls or metabolic processes, preventing them from reproducing and causing further damage. They are typically added in minimal amounts, less than 0.1% of the fuel volume, and are designed to be compatible with the fuel and other additives.
It is important to note that while bactericides can effectively prevent bacterial growth, they are not a substitute for proper fuel maintenance and handling procedures. Regular fuel testing, tank cleaning, and system maintenance are necessary to ensure optimal fuel quality and performance.