A Pratt & Whitney FT4A Marine Gas Turbine Engine rated at 22,600 hp, 3600 rpm was run at the Naval Ship Engineering Center, Philadelphia Division for 1000 hr. Fuel used was naval distillate having a vanadium level of 0.5 ppm. Basically there was no problem with engine operation on naval distillate when compared to diesel fuel. The smoke level was barely visible at high powers. Coalescent fuel filters are a problem due to their relatively short (100–130 hr) life. The corrosion rate was accelerated when compared to navy diesel fuel. The fuel parameter suspect is vanadium, however other parameters may be at fault. Additional efforts are required into definitely determining the cause of accelerated corrosion and also into optimizing nozzle guide vane and turbine blade base materials and coatings.

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