A number of pathways for producing new alternative fuels are emerging. One such fuel is Hydrodeoxygenated Synthesized Aromatic Kerosene (HDO-SAK) which is composed of approximately 95% mono-aromatic compounds. This fuel is intended as a blending component to increase the aromatic content of other synthetic fuels that do not contain aromatic compounds and can be used to create either semi-synthetic or fully-synthetic jet fuel for use in aviation.
This paper presents the results of engine tests using the HDO-SAK blended with Synthesized Paraffinic Kerosene from Hydroprocessed Esters and Fatty Acids (HEFA-SPK) to create a fully-synthetic fuel with aromatic content that matched that of a comparison conventional jet fuel. Both the HDO-SAK blended fuel and conventional Jet A were tested in a Microturbo TRS-18 turbojet engine at a range of engine conditions and simulated altitudes up to 8,600 m in the National Research Council Canada (NRC) Research Altitude Test Facility (RATFac). This paper details the engine performance results from this testing which represents the first time this particular alternative fuel has been tested in an engine.