In the November Issue | Fuel Tips

David S.
By David S. Wallens
Sep 8, 2020 | Sunoco, Fuel Tips

As gas sits around, parts of it evaporate and can escape the fuel container–and we say “parts of it” because gasoline is a fairly complex substance.

Gasoline is made up of aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons–let’s call them open chains and closed rings. The light ends, technically known as short-chain aliphatic hydrocarbons, evaporate first, leaving behind the long-chain aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons. 

You don’t need to own a lab coat to understand the results: A fuel that’s light on short-chain hydrocarbons is harder to ignite because it needs a higher temperature to vaporize enough fuel to support combustion, explains Zachary J. Santner, technical specialist at Sunoco Race Fuels.


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