Development of Oxygen Scavenger Additives for Jet Fuels
Annual rept. no. 1, 1 May 1993-30 Apr 1994
DUQUESNE UNIV PITTSBURGH PA
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In this project it is assumed that the thermal stability of most jet fuels would be dramatically improved by the efficient removal of a fuels dissolved oxygen in flight. It is proposed herein to stabilize the bulk fuel by the addition of an additive which will be judiciously designed and programmed to react with oxygen and produce an innocuous product. Consequently, it is envisioned that a thermally activated reaction between the oxygen scavenging additive and dissolved oxygen will occur, in a controlled and directed manner, such that formation of insoluble thermal degradation products will be limited. It is believed that successful completion of this project will result in the development of a new type of jet fuel additive which will enable current conventional jet fuels to obtain sufficient thermal stability to function as JP-900 fuels. In addition, it is postulated that the successful development of thermally activated oxygen scavengers will also provide the sub-critical thermal stability necessary for future development of endothermic fuels.