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Event Number 3050

  Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Chaos & Complex Systems Seminar
he taxonomy of fuels
Time: 12:05 pm
Place: 4274 Chamberlin
Speaker: Jim Blair, Milton and Edgewood College
Abstract: *Internal and external combustion engines<br>
*Piston engines vs gas turbines and the fuel requirements for both<br>
*Additives: What is octane number, and the pros and cons of various ways to increase it: Tetraethyl lead, MTBE, aromatics, and alcohols<br>
*Did cumene win the Battle for Britain?<br>
*How the source of lead contamination can be determined from the unusual isotopic properties of that element.<br>
*The tradeoff between the different kinds of pollution emitted by internal combustion motors<br>
*The pros and cons of ethanol as a fuel for cars<br>
*Why it is easier to make bio-diesel and bio-jet fuel than bio-gasoline<br>
*Why a modern jet fighter would have been useful in WW I, but a WW II Spitfire or P-51 Mustang would not have been.<br>
Host: Clint Sprott
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