The problem of fuel for aviation engines

W. S. James
naca-tn-62
Jul 1921


This paper addresses the physical properties which may be demanded of fuels for aviation use and the means that may be adopted by the engine manufactures to properly meet the demands necessitated by the use of such fuel. In the choice of a fuel the following factors must be considered: (1) its composition; (2) the quantity available; (3) the price per heat unit; and (4) the possibility of keeping stocks in aerial ports both at home and abroad. It is also important to know if the change from one fuel to another will necessitate any serious modification of the engine.

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