Speight, James G. Western Research Institute, Laramie, Wyoming.
Last reviewed:November 2019
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A hydrocarbon fuel oil, sometimes called diesel fuel oil, with a distillation range of 180–380°C (356–716°F). Diesel fuel was originally a straight-run product, that is, obtained from the distillation of crude oil without any other molecular changes. However, with the use of various cracking processes to produce diesel constituents, diesel fuels also may contain varying amounts of selected cracked distillates to increase the volume available for meeting the growing demand. Care is taken to select the cracked stocks in such a manner that specifications are met as simply as possible. Several grades are available depending on uses, including diesel oil for diesel compression-ignition (cars, trucks, and marine engines) and light heating oil for industrial and commercial uses. See also: Cracking; Petroleum products
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