Q1. Does FPC help with the problems experienced by the reduction of sulfur in diesel fuels?

A. The problems reported by the reduction of sulfur in diesel fuels relate to the effects on rubber components like o-rings and gaskets, etc. The ULSD (ultra low sulfur diesel) tends to remove the oils from the O-rings thereby making them brittle. This hardening of the O-ring reduces its sealing capabilities and over time it will fail. FPC does not have any sulfur components but it does have components to increase lubricity in the fuel. As explained in TB-1006 the sulfur content is being reduced from about 500 ppm to 15 ppm. The addition of FPC will add only about 100 ppm of our lubricity agent. While this will certainly help, I am not certain it will solve all the problems. A review of the technical literature points to the addition of about 2% biodiesel to the fuel supply which replaces the lubricity lost by the removal of the sulfur. Studies have shown this to drastically reduce the failure of rubber components. The long term cure is to replace these failing components with Viton components. Since Viton is not susceptible to the lower lubricity it is immune to the ULSD. Until that can be accomplished the best course might be to use FPC for increased fuel economy and 2% biodiesel for lubricity replacement.


Q2. What are the benefits of using FPC?

A. The benefits of FPC are three fold; therefore, you save money three ways at once:
• Improved Fuel economy ® average 5-8% reduction in fuel usage; however my truck went from 15 to 18 mpg, thus a 20%
• Emission Reductions ® CO2 (5-8%), CO (24%), HC (14%), Particulates (40%).
• Engine Life Extension ® 25% more engine via remove of carbon build up within the engine.


Q3. How Does FPC Work?

A. All combustion engines convert BTU’s (British Thermal Units) into torque. This is accomplished by breaking carbon-hydrogen and carbon-carbon bonds and forming carbon-oxygen and hydrogen-oxygen bonds. The net result of this is the heat (BTU’s) available for conversion into torque. This is an exothermic reaction. This reaction is inefficient and results in the creation of byproducts such as carbon monoxide (CO), soot (C) and hydrocarbons (HC). However, all three of these exhaust impurities have a residual energy value. These are unutilized impurities that are exploited by FPC, thus yielding an increase in engine power and reduction in engine emissions.


 Q4. I understand how I will save fuel; but, how will FPC increase the life of my engine?

A. Carbon is the bane of all combustion engines. Carbon deposits grind away at the inside of the engine causing engine wear and a decrease in the life span of the engine. Carbon deposits are created as a byproduct of incomplete combustion. There is an oil film barrier between moving engine parts. However, if the carbon deposit is larger than the barrier thickness a scouring effect occurs. This wears away at the engine components and the results are seen in the oil analysis. Oil analysis is a traditional way to determine the amount of wear on engine parts. On the other hand, if the carbon deposit is smaller than the oil film barrier the deposit will not cause any wear of engine parts. Indeed tests have shown that the use of FPC reduces engine wear and the results are seen in the analysis of oil samples taken over time. The metals content of oil samples are much lower with the use of FPC and therefore engine life is extended.

Q5. I’m sold, I would like to use FCP; however, I don’t have an employee to always fill my tank. What should I do?

A. We have a number of answers to address that concern. The possibilities range from supplying product in containers designed to treat the contents of an entire tanker of fuel so that there is no need for measurement of the FPC to automated dosing equipment designed to automatically dispense the correct amount of FPC after every fill up. The range of possibilities in between includes contracting with the fuel supplier to add the FPC in each load of fuel delivered, automated dosing equipment that reads the flow rate of fuel being off loaded into bulk storage and dispensing the correct amount of FPC according to the blend ratio or automatic dosing systems for individual equipment that will determine the fuel added by reading the fuel tank float and dispensing the FPC correctly. Whatever your needs are we have or can design a system to fit your situation.

Q6. What Are FPC Applications?

A. FPC may be used with any liquid hydrocarbon fuel such as Diesel, bunker fuel, gasoline, Jet Fuel, Biodiesel, etc.  FPC has been proven around the world in the following industries for over 30 years: Railroad, Trucking, Mining, Marine, Buses, Power Generation and Others.

The fuel is generally treated at bulk storage tanks and Fuel Technology engineers can design and supply dosing systems to accurately treat fuel automatically either at time of fuel delivery or at time of refueling vehicles.


Q7. What Independent Testing Has Been Conducted?

A. FPC formulation has undergone rigorous testing in some of the world’s leading laboratories including world renowned Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, Texas. Many other independent tests have quantified the fuel efficiencies provided by FPC.


Q8. Will FPC Harm Engines?

A. FPC will not harm engine components. In fact, FPC has been proven to do just the opposite by improving combustion to the point where abrasive hard carbon build-up is virtually eliminated. As a result, engine wear related to hard carbon build-up (ie rings, injectors, valves and liners etc) is reduced. Further, oil contaminants are reduced, cutting down on the wear to lower engine components.

Q9. Do Engine Manufacturers Recommend FPC?

A. Generally speaking, engine manufacturers have played down independent after-market products not sold with their name or part number. However, we have obtained letters from major engine manufacturers that state that they do not condemn nor recommend the use of FPC and that they have no objections to the use of FPC in their engines.

10. Will Engine Manufacturers Void Engine Warranty If I Use FPC?

A. Engine manufacturers will not void engine warranty if FPC is used. Written verification of this from most engine manufacturers is on file with FPC Global and available upon request.

Q11. Will Contaminants Increase In The Engine Oil If I Use FPC?

A. No, on the contrary, studies conducted by engine manufacturers show that as the soot content of the oil increases so does the iron content of the oil. Oil analysis by FPC users consistently confirm that FPC decreases soot content of the engine oil and accordingly, it also decreases the metallic contaminants in the oil.


Q12. Will FPC Change Fuel Specifications?

A. At recommended mixing ratio of fuel FPC does not change fuel specifications.

Q13. Will Exhaust Temperatures Increase When Using FPC?

 A. Generally speaking, due to a faster combustion with more of the heat used as power and less after burning, exhaust temperatures will decrease slightly (10 - 15°C) when using FPC.


Q14. Will I Notice A Power Increase With FPC?

A. Tests indicate that FPC will increase horsepower and torque ratings because of the increased average pressure developed by a reduction in combustion time.

Q15. Do I Need To Mechanically Mix FPC With My Fuel?

A. The carrier for FPC will readily mix in all liquid hydrocarbon fuels. Therefore, it is not necessary to mechanically mix FPC with gasoline, diesel and lighter fuel oils. However, it is recommended that FPC be added before or as each new shipment of fuel is added to storage tanks from the fuel supplier's truck to ensure quicker dispersement.


16. What Happens If Fuel Is Over Treated Or Under Treated With FPC?

A. Treatment at less than the manufacturer's recommended ratio can reduce the effectiveness of FPC and prevent the user from realizing the full benefit from the product. Over treatment, while not harmful, is a waste of money.


Q17. What If I See A Yellow Substance Collected In My Fuel Line Filter?

A. FPC contains a chemical that will stain water and other organic materials in the fuel. If you have free water, insoluble gums and/or waxes in your fuel these will be trapped in the fuel line filter and will eventually be stained yellow by FPC. This is to your advantage as FPC will help identify these fuel related contaminants. FPC will also prevent and/or kill any fungal or bacterial growths which can propagate in tank water bottoms.