Gasoline Octane Test Engine:
Rescued from going to the scrap heap.
This is a "Waukesha", CFR F-1 Research
(ASTM D 2699) Variable Compression
Single Cylinder Engine.
Compression Adjustable 4:1 to 18:1
Cylinder Bore = 3.250"
Stroke = 4.500"
Displacement = 37.33 Cubic inches
RPM = 600
Used at this plant from 1944 to 1990
Retired after 35 years in the oil
business, my work once involved running and maintaining these
interesting engines in a West
Coast Oil Refinery.
We have two Research Engines, two Motor Method Engines
and a Cetane Engine for testing Diesel Fuel. And yes, I'm a bit of an engine nut :~)
Click here to see our "Supercharged Aviation Engine" of days passed.
These web pages are for people to get some information on octane,
octane engines, history of the octane engines and is
no way connected to, or endorsed by this oil company.
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Thank you very much.
A Little Octane Engine History:
The Cooperative Fuel Research ( CFR ) Committee which
formed to respond to the need of refiners and engine builders to develop a means of
measuring and defining gasoline combustion characteristics. In 1928 the committee had
reached the decision that a standardized single cylinder test engine was needed as
a first step in developing a gasoline knock-test method. In December 1928 the decision was made
to proceed with a design, and the Fuel Research Engine was designed and built in 45
days to be ready for the January 1928 SAE meeting! This engine is still preserved at Waukesha
Engine today. This engine gave the engine and fuel industries the first universally
accepted standard test engine
which could be produced in sufficient quantity to meet
Most of this history was lifted from an article written
by Ivan Baxter,
manufactured the original low-speed crankcase design from 1930 to 1948.
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