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About two years ago the Advisory Committee of Technical Committee A on Gasoline of ASTM Committee D-2 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants, while discussing ways and means of disseminating knowledge concerning the characteristics and properties of motor gasoline, and also discerning trends in these characteristics that might be reflected in specification changes, discussed the possibility of a symposium on this subject. After considerable discussion, the general usefulness of such a project was recognized, and this Symposium on Current Research on Motor Gasoline Which May Affect Future Specifications is the result. The symposium comprises three sessions. The four papers of the first session concern primarily the combustion characteristics and properties of motor gasoline. The four papers of the second session relate in some way to composition. The third session is devoted to the other great variable in the automotive use of petroleum products, the engine. Finally, an objective appraisal of where we are or where we may be going as revealed by the papers is summarized by Dr. D. P. Barnard.
Smith, Harold M.
Chairman of ASTM Committee D-2 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants and of Technical Committee A on Gasoline, U. S. Bureau of Mines, Bartlesville, Okla.