Date of Award

2014

Document Type

Thesis

First Advisor

Kabadi, Vinayak N.

Abstract

This research proposes that analysis of greater depth can be performed on fuels to help understand their composition better than what is currently performed. At present, there is a disconnect between the groups that use fuels and the groups that make fuels—neither side knows precisely what the other wants. By having a better understanding of a fuel’s chemical makeup, correlations between different components and different properties may be found. Using this knowledge, fuels could be made exactly how an end-user would need them. This could reduce waste of undesirable fuel as well as drive us away from fossil fuel dependence since synthetic generation of these fuels will likely be more beneficial when we fully understand how different components of fuel affect its different properties.

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