Thanks, I think that resolves my question nicely. Now I am wondering, how
did the French ever allow 10% benzene content in fuel? I have the
impression that benzene is pretty nasty stuff. You don't think they're
still doing it, do you? When I was there all the cars seemed to be diesel.
Bullwinkle had this to say:
>However, gasoline/alcohol/benzene blends were acceptable, as indicated by
>experience in France with a blend consisting of 75 percent gasoline, 15
>percent alcohol, and 10 percent benzene.
>Ethyl alcohol is an oxygenate, in other words it gives off more oxygen
>that it uses for combustion. This extra oxygen is used by the other fuel(s)
>during combustion. This extra oxygen increases the amount of fuel being
>per charge: i.e. more complete combustion. Less fuel is needed and less
>from incomplete combustion is released via the exhaust. If this increased
>efficiency more than offsets the diluted nature of the gasoline, it stands to
>that the ethanol will give more power with less consumption. And if you
>it will also do it on a leaner mixture as the oxygen is in the fuel and
>the air ingested. Perhaps the author should have used "higher fuel oxygen
>ratio" instead of "higher fuel air ratio" but would that have been understood
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