Natural gas fuel studies
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• Safety aspects of converting from petrol to natural gas fuel in fleet vehicles are being studied by scientists at Westinghouse Electric's Astronuclear Laboratory. Experience from the laboratory's work on the nuclear rocket in areas such as nuclear safety, cryogenics and high-pressure gas technology is being applied to the investigation.
Natural gas is being considered as a substitute vehicle fuel because it contributes less to air pollution. In addition, it may help reduce operating and maintenance costs.
The studies will include component, systems analysis, shock and vibration, gas leak, boil-off, impact, materials and other related studies. The aim is to develop sufficient data to enable the safe development and operation of natural gas vehicles and refuelling stations.