METHANOL-GASOLINE BLENDS PERFORMANCE IN LABORATORY TESTS AND IN VEHICLES

Performance comparisons between methanol blends and base gasolines were made in vehicle driveability and vapor lock tendency, engine deposits and wear, fuel economy, exhaust emissions, compatibility with fuel system materials, and phase stability of the blends. Vapor lock tests in six 1974 cars strongly suggested that the vapor lock tendency of methanol blends is greater than would be predicted for gasolines having the same volatility characteristics. Cold start and warm-up driveability of two 1974 cars at 70 degrees F depreciated as methanol concentration increased. Engine deposits, rusting, wear and crackcase oil performance were not significantly affected by methanol in gasoline. Fuel consumption was found generally to increase with increasing methanol concentration, while exhaust emissions from both vehicles and stationary engines varied as expected from the stoichiometric air/fuel ration of the blends.

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  • Pagination: 59 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00098951
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SAE #750419
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 1975 12:00AM