Alas, with the total focus on clean emissions in the late ´60s-early ´70s, fuel mileage was completely overlooked, with the result that experimental steam cars of that era got worse fuel mileage than comparable gas cars.
This index is essentially the opposite of the octane rating, where a high octane fuel resists spontaneous ignition, and therefore does not tend to ´knock.´ The cetane number of 100 was arbitrarily assigned to ´cetane´ or n-hexadecane, a straight-chain aliphatic chemical compound that burns very well, in the single-cylinder test diesel engine.
The cetane number is perhaps the characteristic most associated with premium diesel fuel, as an analogy to premium gasoline with higher octane ratings.
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