Optimization of the Aromatic/Paraffinic Composition of Synthetic Jet Fuels

Ibrahim A. Al-Nuaimi, Moiz Bohra, Muaz Selam, Hanif A. Choudhury, Mahmoud M. El-Halwagi, Nimir O. Elbashir

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Aviation fuels derived from the gas-to-liquid (GTL) technology may be used as drop-in alternatives to conventional oil-derived fuels. Reliable composition-property relations must be developed based on experimental data to correlate the hydrocarbon compositions of formulated synthetic fuels with their properties to be certified for aviation commercial use. An experimental and property-integration framework for the design of synthetic jet fuels from GTL-based kerosene derived by evaluating the role of aromatics on resultant fuel properties is presented. The experimental results were used to develop property-mixing rules and linear programming for the design of optimum fuel compositions that meet the ASTM specifications. The role of aromatics on critical physical properties for jet fuel certification is revealed. A practical solution for jet fuels blending through optimization of jet fuel formulation based on cost and technically effective manners is provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2217-2228
Number of pages12
JournalChemical Engineering and Technology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016



  • Aviation fuels
  • Gas-to-liquid technology
  • Jet fuel
  • Synthetic paraffinic kerosene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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Al-Nuaimi, I. A., Bohra, M., Selam, M., Choudhury, H. A., El-Halwagi, M. M., & Elbashir, N. O. (2016). Optimization of the Aromatic/Paraffinic Composition of Synthetic Jet Fuels. Chemical Engineering and Technology, 39(12), 2217-2228. https://doi.org/10.1002/ceat.201500513