TURBINE FUELS: AVAILABILITY AND ALTERNATIVES

As oil supplies dwindle, the automobile industry may come to rely more and more on the cleaner and more efficient (compared to gasoline) diesel fuel, thus coming into increasingly greater competition with the aviation industry for fuel supplies, since diesel fuels are close to the fractions from which jet fuel derives. As a result, the kerosene jet fuel currently used, with its rather narrow range of specifications, may become so scarce that the specifications for jet fuel may have to be relaxed and turbines modified to compensate for the less efficient, less clean-burning and more explosive fuel mixtures that would result. This should help over the short run; but over the long run, consideration must be given to fuel sources other than petroleum. For turbines, the most likely candidates are coal-derived distillates. Tests of these with turbines showed little increase in liner temperatures, small additional smoke levels and only a slight increase in emissions. While there is concern about the safety of these fuels, there is no doubt that an engine could be designed to run efficiently on them.

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    Ziff Davis Publishing Company

    1 Park Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10016
  • Authors:
    • Larson, G C
  • Publication Date: 1978-9

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  • Accession Number: 00183916
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 25 1979 12:00AM