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Modern Fuel Systems Symposium
Exchanges Of Experiences—Problems And Solutions—Prove Use Of
Heavy Fuels In Medium-Speed Diesel Engines Is Increasing And Economical
Two years ago Alfa-Laval, Inc. of Fort Lee, N.J. sponsored a sym- posium on modern fuel systems.
This symposium was so successful that a second symposium on the same subject was held recently in
St. Louis, Mo. This year's sympo- sium was sponsored by both Alfa-
Laval and Diesel Progress. It brought together engine builders, oil companies, shipyards, vessel owners and manufacturers of fuel- treatment additives.
The program was oriented to the needs of inland and coastal water- ways operators. The topics covered included basic fuel chemistry, fuel purification, additives, fuel blend- ing, heavy-fuel burning, engine design and operating experience.
The following excerpts from the papers presented (in order of pre- sentation) indicate the wide range of thoughts presented, including present and future problems with suggested solutions:
Cletus H. Jones, Belcher Oil
Company of Miami Fla., presented comments on "The Quality and
Availability of Blended Marine
Fuels in 1983." He stated that his definition of quality is "if the prod- uct does the job it was intended to do, that's quality. It may not smell good or look good—the laboratory analysis may indicate major defi- ciencies, but if it passes the per- formance test in the engine, it is a quality product."
He went on to state: purchasing blended marine fuels has an ele- ment of art to it. First of all, in- sisting on the lowest possible price at all times assures you of one thing—if there is a problem fuel in the market place, you will get your share of the headaches.
Another simple rule is to avoid confusing a fuel-supply specifica- tion with an engine specification.
The fuel coming over the rail, in most instances, is not the fuel in- jected into the combustion cham- ber. One is a treated fuel, the other is not. I realize this is basic stuff, but it amazes me how often sophisticated operators buy an ex- pensive grade of blended fuel be- cause, I suspect, they either don't know or don't trust their onboard treatment procedures.
In summary, the current high- speed diesel operator contemplat- ing installation of medium-speed residual-burning diesel engines will have to make some judgement calls on blended-fuel quality and availability. Unlike No. 2 diesel, the specifications for blended fuels are vague and there is a lot of in- formation missing. Progress on testing and the exchange of infor- mation is improving, but we still have a way to go.
Alternately, there are operators worldwide successfully using this type of equipment despite the aforementioned shortcomings.
Practically speaking, medium-speed engines are in general use every- where except the U.S. inland waterways.
Finally, let us keep in mind that the diesel engine originally was conceived to run using pulverized coal as fuel. It is a wonderfully adaptive and forgiving piece of equipment. Certainly in today's (continued on page 12)
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