IME Meeting Discussed Combustion Systems And Use Of New Fuels

A recent meeting of the Eastern U.S.A. Branch of The Institute of Marine Engineers was devoted to the topic, "Ship Propulsion Systems for the Eighties." An all-day session held at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y., the theme of the symposium was how the continuing escalation of fuel costs has directed the attention of ship operators, shipbuilders, and machinery manufacturers to the urgent need to seek new fuels and to improve methods of burning current fuels.

Topics discussed included research in developing new fuels, methods of dealing with deterioration of fuel quality, and advances in combustion for internal combustion engines and steam generators.

Five papers were presented, as follows: "The Use of Hybrid Fuels in a Diesel Engine," by Thomas W.

Ryan III. Southwest Research Institute; "Solid Fuel Fired Marine Boilers," by J.T. Schroppe and N.G. Wattis, Foster Wheeler Boiler Corporation; " A d d i t i v e s f or Marine Fuels," by E.J. Levi, Drew Chemical Corporation; "Twenty Years Experience on PC Medium- Speed Diesels Burning Heavy Fuels—Achieved Results and Research Work Carried Out to Burn the Coming Fuels," by G.E.

Merlin, S.E.M.T. Pielstick Company and French Line; and "The Marine Diesel Engine in View of Present and Future Low-Grade Fuels," by M.K. Eberle, Sulzer Brothers Limited.

The meeting concluded with a reception and dinner at the Academy Officer's Club.

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