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Re: Octane?

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From: "Pete Schinkel" <hawkrider@xxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, February 09, 2005 10:49 PM
Subject: RE: Octane? Tachron in Water Torture?

> Complex and confusing:  from
> http://www.faqs.org/faqs/autos/gasoline-faq/
> "FAQ3 deals with Octane.
> 6.3  What fuel property does the Octane Rating measure?
> The fuel property the octane ratings measure is the ability of
the unburnt
> end gases to spontaneously ignite under the specified test

This is probably the crux of many misunderstandings.
Though I'm nowhere near a fuel specialist, I see a distinction
between ignitability and burning slower.
A fuel can have lower ignitability than another fuel, but once
ignited, both burn at the same rate.

I'd venture that higher octane equates to decreased ignitability,
not slower burning.
But then, I don't know much about this subject.  <G>

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