The fact that the technology exists today to construct large-scale plants to manufacture methanol from coal or waste products adds to the reasons for giving this material a thorough consideration as a liquid fuel alternative to gasoline. For the past three years, there has been a program in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Missouri-Rolla to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of methanol/gasoline blends for use as vehicle fuels. The emphasis has been on the use of these blends as possible fuels for existing and near-future United States automobiles. These studies indicate that methanol can be used with gasoline in small percentages. For methanol/gasoline blends of 15% methanol or less, the fuel chemistry is such that most internal combustion engines will operate. For this type of use, methanol could be considered a fuel extender. Two major problems that have not been addressed in this investigation are the phase separation problems associated with methanol/gasoline blends contaminated with small amounts of water, and the corrosion problems associated with methanol and the materials normally used in automotive fuel systems. For existing vehicles no simple economic solutions to these problems are evident.

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    Business Communications Company Incorporated

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  • Authors:
    • Johnson, R T
  • Publication Date: 1977-4

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  • Accession Number: 00176756
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 19 1978 12:00AM