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CRC Fuels for Advanced Combustion Engines (FACE)


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This presentation focuses on the efforts Coordinating Research Council is sponsoring relating fuel properties and composition to performance in emerging advanced high efficiency, clean combustion engines.

William J. Cannella, Chevron USA Inc.

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