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The present ASTM Classifications D 975-53T for diesel fuel are satisfactory for the purpose for which they are used—because no one uses them. The engine builder does not like them, so he writes his own specifications. The big consumer purchases fuels on his own specifications, and the small consumer uses either the recommendation of the engine builder or of the refiner or takes what fuel is available in his locality. The refiner makes one or two distillate fuels of the same boiling range as burner fuels and then sells them for a wide variety of uses. These statements appear rather broad, but let us review the record.
Ward, C. C.
Chemical EngineerChairman of Section II on Specifications of Technical Committee F on Diesel Fuels of Committee D-2, U. S. Department of the Interior, Bartlesville, Okla.