Could a kerosene fueled jet engine run on methanol without sacrificing performance other than specific impulse? Would it require changes to the fuel injection/turbopump system? Would the combustor require a redesign? Consider both turbo engines and ramjets (this question was previously posted on space SE due to a mixup, I've deleted it now)

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    $\begingroup$ Methanol is pretty hard on elastomers. I would be worried that any hoses or gaskets in contact with the methanol would fail. Plus the energy per mass is much lower with methanol because of those heavy oxygens already in it. You would probably have to recalibrate the fuel feed laws. $\endgroup$ – zeta-band Jun 27 '18 at 17:45
  • $\begingroup$ Related $\endgroup$ – Pondlife Jun 27 '18 at 18:58

You couldn't have any aluminum components in the fuel system because methanol dissolves aluminum (F1 race cars remove and purge their fuel systems right after racing). Ethanol would be much better in that regard.

It would take changes to the fuel controller to change the air/fuel ratios used with less energy density.

Other than that, I don't think it would be a big problem. I've been told that the Honeywell/Lycoming turboshaft in the M1 Abrams tank will run just about on any liquid hydrocarbon.. gasoline, kerosene, diesel, booze, rubbing alcohol...


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