A Demonstration of HEFA SPK/JP-8 Fuel Blend at the Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center [report]

Patsy A. Muzzell
2012 unpublished
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more » ... te for Information Operations and Reports, 1215 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 1204, Arlington VA 22202-4302. Respondents should be aware that notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person shall be subject to a penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information if it does not display a currently valid OMB control number. Public Release 18. NUMBER OF PAGES 24 19a. NAME OF RESPONSIBLE PERSON a. REPORT unclassified b. ABSTRACT unclassified c. THIS PAGE unclassified Standard Form 298 (Rev. 8-98) Prescribed by ANSI Std Z39-18 UNCLASSIFIED i UNCLASSIFIED EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Purpose The purpose of the demonstration was to capture "real-world" vehicle data and perceptions of military personnel while a variety of tactical ground vehicles and equipment were operated on a candidate "drop-in" alternative fuel for the Single Battlefield Fuel, JP-8. The candidate drop-in fuel is a blend of up to 50% by volume of Hydroprocessed Esters and Fatty Acids Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (HEFA SPK) and JP-8. The results from this demonstration will augment a significant set of evaluations already completed that indicate this biofuel is a viable drop-in fuel to replace petroleum-based JP-8. Importance of Demonstration This demonstration was completed as part of the Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC) program to qualify alternative fuels for military use. The qualification of non-petroleum derived fuels supports Army and Department of Defense (DoD) strategic energy goals for increased use of alternative energy. Although extensive laboratory evaluations based on fuel analysis, component rig and engine dynamometer testing, or evaluations on a test track outside a physical laboratory may be conducted to establish the viability of a candidate fuel as a drop-in for JP-8, there is no substitute for getting fuel into the "hands of the user" to capture "real world" data and Soldier feedback from vehicles and equipment operating on the fuel.
doi:10.21236/ada568753 fatcat:7cj4xtv4trhxfdoq365dlu5qo4