The thermal stability characteristics of four kerosine-type fuels are examined using a heated-tube apparatus that allows independent control of fuel pressure, fuel temperature, tube-wall temperature, and fuel flow rate. It is a closed loop system, and fuel flows through the heated tube for periods ranging from 6 to 22 h. The deposition rates of carbon on the tube walls are measured by weighing the tube before and after each test. The results obtained show that tube-wall and fuel temperatures both have a marked influence on deposition rates, the impact of fuel temperature being stronger than that of wall temperature. It is also found that deposition rates increase continuously with increases in tube-wall temperature. This finding contradicts the results of previous studies, which had led to the conclusion that deposition rates increase with increase in wall temperature up to a certain value, beyond which any further increase in wall temperature causes the deposition rate to decline.

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