Published: Jan 1961
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Enough evidence has been presented to show that additives in today's gasolines are beneficial and necessary, and are here to stay. But these additives cause problems of their own that must be considered along with the beneficial effects they contribute. Three industries—the additive supplier, the fuel manufacturer, and the engine designer—are engaged in a commercial endeavor, the sole purpose of which is to satisfy the customer. The paper tries to illuminate one of the large problems and to show that the responsibility for this problem rests with all three industries. This problem—the one of duplicated, uncoordinated, misleading, and expensive test procedures—can be solved, but only by cooperative effort of all three industries. The suggested solution is to use the already existing interindustry committees to prepare new programs for development of standard methods of test satisfactory to all concerned. A parallel solution is the development of multipurpose additives or balanced additive packages devoid of incompatibility problems. Better interindustry communication is also necessary to anticipate problem areas before the customer complains. Working together and sharing these responsibilities, the additive supplier, the fuel manufacturer, and the engine designer will be able to give the customer fuels to satisfy his automotive requirements.
Dempster, John M.
Technical Advisor, The Standard Oil Co. (Ohio), Cleveland, Ohio