14th International Symposium on Stability, Handling and Use of Liquid Fuels

Theme: Is the Quality of Our Fuel Getting Better or Worse? What is the Future?



Location: Isle of Palms, South Carolina USA

Dates: October 4-8, 2015

Attendees: 194 Delegates, 32 Guests

Chairman: Matt Fielder


The Wild Dunes Resort in Isle of Palms, South Carolina was the venue for the 14th International Symposium organized by the International Association for Stability, Handling and Use of Liquid Fuels. Due to Hurricane Joaquin off the coast of South Carolina during the weekend prior to the symposium, there was an unprecedented amount of rain in the Charleston area that caused wide-spread flooding. However, we were fortunate that very few people cancelled and we ended up with one ofour largest conference thanks to our hearty delegates!

The symposium began with an opening dinner held at Wild Dunes on Sunday, 4 October, and ended with the a closing BBQ at the Grand Pavilion & Gazebo on the Atlantic Ocean at Wild Dunes on Thursday, 8 October. The Gala Awards Dinner was held on Wednesday evening in the Cotton Dock at the Boone Hall Plantation, a typical Southern cotton plantation from the 1700's.

There were 194 delegates and 32 spouses/guests in attendance from 15 countries. Delegates viewed 13 poster presentations and 16 commercialexhibits at the symposium. The Keynote Address was presented by Mark Darley, President, Lloyds Register-Americas, via remote connection. The title of the presentation was "Global Marine Fuel Trends 2030."It was an excellent presentation relating to the theme of the 14th International Symposium.

Three other young researchers who submitted abstracts for the award were also given the opportunity to present their work at the symposium as a poster and also received gratis registration. They were Alexander McFarlane, the University of Sheffield (UK); Jinxia Fu, University of Hawaii (USA); and Moshe Rabaev, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (ISRAEL).

The Nahum Por Award was presented to Howard L. Chesneau, Fuel Quality Services, for his leadership, support and promotion of the Association over the past several years. IASH Lifetime Achievement Awards were given to the following individuals for their dedicated efforts in the field of aviation fuels throughout their careers:

  • Michael J.Farmery, Reitred fromShell Aviation & currently owner of Clear & Bright Aviation Fuel Consultancy

  • Ronald W. Osman, Retired from Flint Hill Resources

Shirley Bradicich, IASH Administrator, who is retiring at the end of 2015 received the Inaugural Chairman's Award for her dedicated service to IASH over the past 25 years.

Fifty-six presentations were given in eleven sessions that included the following topics:

  • Session 1: Fuel Contamination - Solids, Sources, Detection & Effects
  • Session 2: Fuel Properties & Effects
  • Session 3: Fuel Testing & Test Methods
  • Session 4: Fuel Production, Quality & Control
  • Session 5: Diesel & Biodiesel
  • Session 6: Marine Fuels
  • Session 7: Fuel Additives
  • Session 8: Alternative Aviation Fuels
  • Session 9: Microbiological
  • Session 10: Fuel Storage & Handling
  • Session 11: Fuel Chemistry, Research & Development

Symposium Proceedings are available to members on-line through the IASH Library on the IASH web site. Proceedings will be available on CD-ROM to non-members at a cost of $200 and to IASH members at a cost of $30. Contact Patricia Lee, IASH Administrator, at [email protected] for further information.

The Symposium Chairman and the IASH Board of Directors would like to thank all of the presenters for their time and effort in producing excellent presentations and all the delegates themselves for supporting the symposium with their attendance and active participation.

Many thanks to the 20 sponsoring organizations and companies without whose financial support we would not have been able to stage such a memorable 14th International Symposium.

Gold Sponsors: Fuel Quality Services, Parker Hannifin and Pratt & Whitney

Silver Sponsors:AD Systems/DC Scientific, Air BP, Donaldson Company, Energy Institute, Falex,

                                 Shell Aviation,Southwest Research Institute and U.S. Defense Logistics Agency                                          Energy

Exhibitors: AD Systems/DC Scientific, Air BP, CANTY, Donaldson Company, ECHA Microbiology,
                       Energy Institute, Falex,Fuel Quality Services, GE Aviation, Intertek, PAC, Schuelke Inc.,
                       Seta Analytics,Southwest Research Institute,University of Dayton Research Institute                                and U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

Matt Fielder
Symposium Chairman / IASH 1st Vice Chairman