Characteristics of Conventional Fuels from Non-Petroleum Sources — an Experimental Study

  • R. W. Hurn


Experimental data concerning physical properties and engine performance characteristics are reported for a gasoline derived from oil shale and for a gasoline containing a coal-derived component. The paper includes brief descriptions of the materials from which the fuels were derived.

In general, the use of gasolines from shale or coal did not result in unusual short-term effects on engine emissions, engine behavior, or fuel economy.

A more definitive assessment of performance and engine effects in long-term use will require much more extensive testing. This in turn requires increased availability of test fuels from a synthetic fuels development program.


Fuel Economy Conventional Fuel Synthetic Fuel Test Fuel Research Octane Number 


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. W. Hurn
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  1. 1.Energy Research & Development Administration (ERDA)BartlesvilleUSA

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