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Model Development and Validation Experiments for Aviation Fuels


Aerospace Systems Directorate, RQ/Airbreathing Propulsion

RO# Location
13.30.01.B0102 Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 454337542


Name E-mail Phone
Edwards, J. Tim 937.255.3524


This program involves the study of aviation fuel performance, both in the fuel system and in the combustor. This research includes current fuels (JP-5,7,8, and 10), as well as alternative (non-petroleum) fuels. Alternative fuels include those derived from coal or biomass through the Fischer-Tropsch process, as well as aviation fuels derived from oil shale and tar sands, and direct liquefaction of coal. We are also interested in biomass-derived fuels derived from other processes (e.g., hydroprocessed triglycerides, alcohol oligomerization, etc.). Performance includes degradation during use as a coolant, as well as combustion performance. The key issue is linking the performance of complex (kerosene) aviation fuels to their composition.


Aviation fuels; Hydrocarbon fuels; Combustion; Alternative fuels; Thermal stability; Biofuels;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
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