So detonation is explained brilliantly in the answer of this question. In the accepted answer, NathanG goes on to say the following:
the octane rating of a fuel is basically the amount of pressure it can take before it detonates
From what I understand, the higher the number on the octane value, the more pressure the fuel can take, which is why it is used in engines with higher compression ratios.
Assuming octane works exactly the same way in aircraft piston engines as in cars, this has left me confused about a question I was faced with on a small test:
Which of the following situations may lead to detonation in an aircraft engine?
A: Running the engine at too rich a mixture setting
B: Running the engine at too lean a mixture setting
C: Using fuel of too high an octane rating
D: Using fuel of too low an octane rating
I thought the correct answers to this were B and D, yet the correct answers were apparently A and C. Can someone explain why this is the case? I'm just not seeing it.