Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Mechanical, Automotive, and Materials Engineering


Engineering, Automotive.


Rankin, Gary W.,




A transparent rectangular fuel tank approximately 30.5 cm x 30.5 cm x 91.5 cm (12&inches; x 12&inches; x 36&inches;) was designed, constructed and fitted with a standard filler pipe with a constant inside diameter of 1.6 mm (1/16&inches;) for the roll-over valve. The experimental protocol required the refueling of the fuel tank system for the purpose of flow visualization and measurement of pressure and temperature. A fuel-conditioning cart which has the capabilities of conditioning the fuel at a constant temperature of 19°C (67°F) and providing fuel at the desired fuel-dispense flow rate was used, The following were varied in the tests: Vent tube diameter: 9.5 mm (3/8&inches;), 6.4 mm (1/4&inches;) and 3.2 mm (1/8&inches;) Fuel-dispense flow rate: 38 L/min (10 GPM) and 45 L/min (12 GPM) Fuel Reid Vapour Pressure (RVP): 83 kPa (12 psi) and 55 kPa (8 psi). (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Mechanical, Automotive, and Materials Engineering. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2002 .M37. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 41-04, page: 1182. Advisers: Gary W. Rankin; Paul F. Henshaw. Thesis (M.A.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2000.