The suitability of the fuel used for motor-sledging on Scott's last expedition, 1910-1913

Cameron P. McIntyre*, Herbert Volk, Barry D. Batts, Simon C. George

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Abstract

The fuel used for motor-sledging during Scott's 1910-1913 expedition has been reanalysed to assess its suitability for that task in Antarctica. A research octane number of 65 and volatility were low compared with modern fuels but probably suitable when considering the design of the flathead engine. The findings are consistent with view that engine design was the primary cause of the mechanical failings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-277
Number of pages2
JournalPolar Record
Volume44
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008

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