Conserving Fuel at Sea

Kuffel, Glenn P.; Palmer, Barry; Hays, Mary Katey
June 2009
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Jun2009, Vol. 135 Issue 6, p78
Conference Proceeding
The article presents information on fuel conservation in the U.S. Navy. Over the past year, the quarterly costs for F-76 Diesel Marine Fuel (DFM) to the U.S. Navy have varied from $70 to $170 per barrel. The main engines consume fuel at different rates for a variety of reasons. Dirty gas turbine compressor blades reduce efficiency, increase engine wear, and cause higher fuel burn rates. A main fuel control valve for a gas turbine main engine costs approximately $18,000.


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