Design/Engineering & Manufacturing of Fuel Systems

At Shaw Development® an engineering and manufacturing team with extensive experience develops complete fluid system solutions. With a rich history that includes work in the aerospace and heavy-duty vehicle industries, Shaw is uniquely qualified to design and manufacture fluid handling systems for ground vehicle applications. These applications include designs for new vehicles as well as retrofit systems for existing equipment.

Shaw’s experts work directly with OEM customers as a valuable extension of their engineering team to provide a solution that focuses on survivability and adds value to the project. Turnkey design as well as parallel engineering services are available to provide customers with the desired level of engineering support in the development of custom products. Extensive in-house manufacturing capabilities and a network of highly qualified manufacturing partners may be utilized to meet any production need.

Customers in the defense industry have specific requirements to ensure the protection of military personnel in hazardous environments. Shaw is well versed in all applicable Mil-Spec standards and manufacture the highest quality metal and molded plastic components for fuel systems. Fuel tanks are typically constructed of metals including steel, aluminum, and stainless steel or high performance polymers such as cross-linked polyethylene (XPLE) or nylon. Survivability features include self-healing ballistic protection via external coatings or internal bladders as well as fire and explosion protection systems. Additional common system features specific to military applications include extreme grade and slope fuel pickup, venting, and rollover protection as well as special considerations for tank distortion, fatigue, and wear.

In addition to high quality development and manufacturing services, Shaw has the resources and expertise to ensure that all projects are completed on schedule at very competitive prices. Custom logistics services and inventory stocking programs are based on proven lean manufacturing principles. Stocking programs include full support for spare parts and service kits as needed. Shaw has the experience and capacity to support customers’ heavy-duty fluid handling projects from concept through production.

For additional information regarding our fuel system design, engineering, and manufacturing capabilities, see the table below, or contact Shaw directly.

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Fuel Systems Capabilties

Product Name
Fuel Systems
Manufacturing Processes
Material Selection
Injection Molding
  • Metal
  • Plastic
Gravity Fillers
Accessory Mounting Plates
Venting Options
  • Positive/Negative Relief, Cap Mounted
  • Positive/Negative Relief Integral to tank
  • Rollover Protection
Level Senders
  • Capacitance
  • Ultra-Sonic
  • Reed Switch
  • Variable Resistance
Fuel Pumps
  • External
  • Internal
Strainers & Filters
  • Inlet Strainers
  • Fuel/Water Separator
Sensors & Heaters
  • In-Tank Heaters
  • ΔP Sensor
  • ΔT Sensor
Specialty Valves
  • Surge/Vent Valves
  • Pressure Regulators
  • Dual Pickups
  • Isolation Valves
  • Dry Break Couplings
Operating Temperature
-50°F to + 250°F
Metal Welded
  • 6061 & 5052 Aluminum
  • 304L Stainless Steel
  • A36 Steel Plate
  • High-Hard Steel
Plastic Molded
  • Cross-Link Polyethylene (XLPE)
  • Nylon
Finish/Lining Material
Self-Sealing Ballistic Protection
  • External Coatings
  • Internal Bladders
Explosion Prevention
Fire Prevention
Tank Size
Limitations Not Typical
Leak Testing
Pressure Testing
Fill Testing
Functional Testing
Additional Services
Design Assistance
Supply Chain Management
Production Volume
Small Run

Additional Information:

Industry Focus
Defense and Military
Industry Standards
  • MIL-T-46786B – General Requirements for Tanks, Fuel Engine
  • MIL-DTL-62011 – Pump, Fuel Electrically Operated
  • MIL-L-23886 – Liquid Level Indicating Equipment
  • MIL-C-45300 – Cap, Fuel Tank, Military Combat Vehicle
  • MIL-T-5578 – Tank, Fuel, Aircraft Self Sealing
  • MIL-V-7899 – Valve, Fuel Check
  • MIL-PRF-52666 – Filter/Separators Liquid Fuel
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