Review of Automotive Fuels Reference Book, Third Edition by Paul Richards
Automotive Fuels Reference Book, Third Edition by Paul Richards is a comprehensive and updated reference for those who need technical information about automotive fuels. The book covers the history, manufacture, properties, specifications, combustion, emissions, and performance of various types of fuels used in vehicles, aircraft, and ships. It also discusses the role of fuel additives and alternative fuels in meeting the challenges of environmental regulations and engine efficiency.
The book is divided into four parts: Part I provides an overview of automotive fuels and their development; Part II covers the production and blending of fuels from fossil and renewable sources; Part III describes the combustion systems and fuel requirements for different types of engines; and Part IV explains the test methods and standards for evaluating fuel quality and performance. The book is written for a global audience and includes information on fuel systems and technologies that may not be widely used in some markets. The book also contains numerous tables, figures, diagrams, and references to support the technical information.
The book is suitable for professionals, researchers, students, and enthusiasts who are interested in or need to understand automotive fuels. It is also a valuable resource for those who work with automotive engines and need to know how fuels affect their design and operation. The book is published by SAE International, a global association of engineers and technical experts in the aerospace, automotive, and commercial vehicle industries.
The book can be purchased from SAE International's website[^1^] or from other online bookstores. A free download of the front matter and table of contents[^1^] as well as the back matter[^1^] are available on the website. The book has a product code of R-297, an ISBN of 978-0-7680-0638-4, and 868 pages in a hardbound binding.
Some of the topics covered in the book are:
The history of automotive fuels and how they evolved from coal, wood, and animal fats to gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels.
The chemistry and physics of fuels and how they affect their properties, such as octane number, cetane number, volatility, viscosity, density, and energy content.
The production and refining of crude oil and other fossil sources, such as coal, natural gas, shale oil, and tar sands.
The production and blending of fuels from renewable sources, such as biofuels, hydrogen, synthetic fuels, and electricity.
The safe handling, transport, and storage of fuels, from all sources, and the regulations and standards that apply to them.
The combustion systems and fuel requirements for spark-ignition engines, compression-ignition engines, gas turbines, fuel cells, hybrid engines, and electric motors.
The emissions and performance of fuels and how they are influenced by fuel additives, such as oxygenates, detergents, antioxidants, lubricity improvers, cetane improvers, octane boosters, cold flow improvers, corrosion inhibitors, and biocides.
The book is well-written and organized, with clear explanations and examples. The book also provides a glossary of terms and acronyms, a list of abbreviations and symbols, a list of conversion factors, a list of references for further reading, and an index for easy access to the information. The book is a must-have for anyone who wants to learn more about automotive fuels and their impact on engine performance and emissions. ec8f644aee