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History of Distillate Fuels A review of the developments leading up to the use of catalytically cracked distillates shows that fears for the future of the distillate fuel market reached a point near panic toward the end of World War II. Work carried out by the oil and oil burner industries helped to allay these fears, however, and as early as 1945 information had been published showing that satisfactory performance could be obtained with heating oils containing up to 100 per cent catalytically cracked distillates (1). The oil companies have since that time cooperated with burner manufacturers in improving burner design, either directly or through organizations such as the Oil Heat Inst., and manufacturers are now supplying burners which give good performance on modern fuels. The use of catalytically cracked distillates in diesel fuel has undergone considerable study also, and substantial benefits have been realized for both the producer and the consumer.
Fuel Oil Applications Engineer, Shell Oil Co., New York, N. Y.