New GB Standard GB 18296-2019 for Automobile Fuel Tank Certification20. February 2020
The Chinese authority SAC (Standardization Administration of the People’s Republic of China) has published a new Standard GB 18296-2019, which will be effective from July 1, 2020. The new Standard is replacing the former Standard GB18296-2001 “Safety Property Requirements and Test Methods for Automobile Fuel Tank” and is the valid standard for Chinese fuel tank certification. This standard has been updated in accordance to the latest international technology standard, specifically referring to the EG-R34 regulation of the Economic Commission for Europe “Uniform Regulations for the Certification of Vehicle Fires”. Fuel tanks in China can obtain a voluntary CQC or CCAP certification.
The main changes are:
- The scope of application of the standard has been modified. This standard specifies the requirements for the safety performance of automobile fuel tanks using gasoline and diesel as fuel.
- The applicability was extended to include trailers
- Added requirements and test methods for fuel tank overturn test
- Added fuel permeability requirements and test methods for plastic fuel tanks
- Added fuel resistance requirements and test methods for plastic fuel tanks
- Modified the test method for the fire resistance of plastic fuel tanks
- Increased safety requirements for fuel tank installation
- Deleted the technical requirements and test methods for vibration of plastic fuel tanks
- Removed the requirements and test methods for the opening pressure of the safety valve, and introduced an automatic pressure compensation device to balance the pressure inside and outside the fuel tank.
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