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Q & A: Jet fuel

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Most recent answer: 10/22/2007
Q:
What is the composition of Aircraft fuels and where fuel is stored in Aircrafts?
- Jaseem (age 18)
GHSS Chittariparamba, Kerala, India
A:
Jet fuel is mostly kerosene (a complex mix of hydrocarbons which are products of the oil refining process). Some jet fuels have additives to lower the temperature at which they get gummy and very viscous (they don't really have a well defined freezing point like water, but they do get sticky and can solidify in fuel pipes if they are cold enough). Some have anticorrosion additives too.

Fuel tanks on airplanes are typically located in the wings, but they could be anywhere.

Tom

(published on 10/22/2007)

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