INVESTIGATION OF THE AUTOXIDATION OF PETROLEUM FUELS
COATING AND CHEMICAL LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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The deterioration of petroleum fuels was studied by investigation of their autoxidation susceptibilities. Federal and Military Specification fuels and commercial gasolines were subjected to a six-week accelerated aging test with analyses for generated hydroperoxides determined at weekly intervals. The resulting peroxide-time curves revealed autoxidation tendencies to vary considerably. Under the conditions of this aging technique, there is evidence that the bulk storage supply of combat gasoline MIL-G-3056B at Aberdeen Proving Ground is experiencing a gradual depletion of antioxidant quality.