Research on Hydrocarbon Fuels and Related Applications
Technical rept. 2 Dec 1968-30 Nov 1969
SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INST SAN ANTONIO TX
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A broad-scale program of research and development has been carried out on aerospace fuels and several related areas. Studies on fuel stability have included the development, improvement, and evaluation of test equipment, as well as the use of this equipment in studying the effects of dissolved metals, fuel additives, and fuel-system materials on the high-temperature stability of current and advanced hydrocarbon fuels. A fuel lubricity simulator rig has been set up for operation. Fuel corrosion inhibitors have been studied in connection with a proposed revision of the inhibitor specification, and the required rusting test has been examined for improvement of precision. Gas chromatographic techniques have been developed and improved for identification and analysis of synthetic lubricants, and for analysis of dissolved oxygen content of fuels. Theoretical and experimental studies have been made on the Kerr effect as a tool in chemical analysis of fuels and lubricants and for molecular characterization in general. Instrumentation for turbine engine compressors has been developed, with particular emphasis on sensors. Ultraviolet detectors have been developed and evaluated for fire and explosion detection. An existing information retrieval system, covering documents on fuels, lubricants, and hazards, has been maintained, improved, and expanded.