The Use of Synthetic JP-8 Fuels in Military Engines
ARMY TANK AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING CENTER WARREN MI
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In an effort to reduce Army dependence on foreign oil there has been a push to include synthetic fuel and synthetic fuel blends for use in military vehicles. Currently there is an ASTM specification to include up to a 50-50 blend by volume of synthetic Fischer Tropsch FT JP-8 and JP-8. Before such fuels are deployed throughout the entire fleet, testing has been under way to investigate the potential impact of such fuels on heavy duty military engines. Initial results show that the two military engines tested did operate on a 50-50 blend of JP-8 and synthetic JP-8 without any major failures though there was a power loss at each operating condition. Through the use of a single cylinder research engine this study will investigate the combustion differences between the different fuels and try to identify potential benefits and risks associated with the use of alternative fuels in military diesel engines.
- Surface Transportation and Equipment
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies