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Forecasts of petroleum product demands show greater growth rates for distillates including jet fuels than for gasolines. Jet fuels are in direct competition with other distillates for the same part of the barrel; increasing jet fuel volume by incorporating gasoline fractions would decrease flash point. Consideration of a flash point reduction in jet fuel specifications is a controversial subject. A survey conducted by ASTM Technical Division J on Aviation Fuels of Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants showed wide disagreement on the technical factors governing flash point in specifications. The symposium was developed to respond to the findings of this survey.
fuel availability, gasoline and distillate forecasts, jet fuel demand, flash point reduction
Senior technologist, Texaco Inc., Beacon, N.Y.