AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – July 31, 2014 – Element Materials Technology, the largest independent materials testing company in the US, is significantly expanding the scope of its in-house Aerospace services through a new low-lubricity aircraft fuel testing capability.

This investment at Element’s laboratory in Jupiter, FL, removes the need to outsource part of its fuel systems and components testing, creating a uniquely comprehensive service and substantially reducing lead times for clients. 

The BOCLE (Ball on Cylinder Lubricity Evaluator) will measure levels of fuel lubricity that affect aircraft fuel systems and components. Jet fuel can be run through large capacity clay bed filters to adjust the lubricity of the fuel – with additional possibilities to condition the fluid to extreme low or high temperatures.

On bringing this technology in-house, Rick Sluiters, Element’s EVP, Aerospace, comments: “Every year, the conditions under which fuel components and systems must be tested become increasingly demanding. Through this investment in the BOCLE system, and clay bed filtration, we are expanding our already-extensive suite of testing services for aircraft fuel systems and aircraft fuel to keep us ahead of the competition. The team at Element Jupiter will look to cooperate closely with our other aerospace facilities, including the new Element Berlin laboratory, to transfer this knowledge across our entire laboratory platform and benefit our customers worldwide.”

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Element is a global network of laboratories with experts specializing in materials testing, product qualification testing and failure analysis for the Aerospace, Oil and Gas and the Transportation and Industrial sectors. Their team of 1,540 scientists, engineers and technicians work in 44 facilities located throughout the U.S. and Europe. For complete Accreditations & Approvals and more information, please visit

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