The Terpene fuel machine: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to terpenes

June 22, 2016 |

Much has been written about terpenes in the area of flavors and fragrances. But they have astonishing properties for super high-density jet fuels in the 130,000-140,000 BTU range. Think valencene, premnaspirodiene, and b-caryophyllene. Now, we get into an interesting range of molecules, which Allylix and the Naval Air Warfare Center have been working on.

Why interesting? These are generally in the range of the fuel spec known as JP-10. It’s also known as rocket fuel, used in very small quantities because, made from petroleum it costs $25 per gallon.

We wrote last June: “Imagine, for example, taking a Boeing 777 and extending its (full passenger and cargo load) range from 9,000 to 11,500 miles  — and being able to fly non-stop between any two cities in the world. Or F-18A/F Superhornets being able to add significant weapon loads, or fly faster , or add up to 30% to flight range. It’s like getting a new generation of aircraft without the multi-billion price tag.

Taking our knowledge of terpenes a step further is the University of Florida’s Dr. Gary Peter, who gave this illuminating presentation at ABLC Feedstocks.

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