If you put a lighted match into diesel it goes out. This is because the fuel is not very volatile - not enough evaporates to make a fuel air mixture that will burn. It is still usefull as a fuel because if it is heated it becomes much more volatile. So if you use a wick (where the fuel in the wick can be heated along with the wick) it will burn just fine.
In a diesel engine the fuel is heated by spraying it into very hot air. With a lower vapor pressure, and higher flash point > 60 oC... I'll grant that it is less flammable than gasoline. However, it is not accurate to say that diesel is not flammable.
The National Fire Protection Agency gives it a flammability rating of 2 (on a scale of 0 to 4). Any material safety data sheet (MSDS) that you look up for diesel will tell you that it is flammable.
Refer to the following URL for facts about diesel:
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ResultMaynard, Philip. 65742 Fire and Explosion Investigation [pdf]. UTS: Centre for Forensic Science. "2. What is the autoignition temperature of
a) Petrol 246°C
b) Diesel 210°C"
483 K Flash point. Wikipedia, 15, May 2005. "Diesel:
Flash point > 62°C
Autoignition temperature: 210°C
483 K Material Safety Data Sheet [pdf]. Syntroleum, 19 Oct 2004. "Flammable properties:
Flash point (PMCC): 100-125 F(37.8-51.5 C)
OSHA Flammability Class: Combustible Class II Liquid LEL (vol%): ~0.6 UEL (vol%): ~4.7
Autoignition temperature: ~257°C (~494°F)"
530 K Fire and Arson Accelerants. interFIRE.org. Excerpts from The Pocket Guide to Accelerant Evidence Collection Appendix II: Twenty Common Ignitable Liquids used as Fire Accelerants. 1999. "7. Fuel oil no.2 (home heating fuel, diesel fuel), Chemical formula is a carbon range of C9 - C23; flash point 126°F - 204°F (52-96°C); ignition temperature 494 F (257°C)"
530 K Diesel fuel and exhaust emissions. World Health Organization, 1996. [see table below]
No. 1: 450 K - 602 K No. 2: 527K - 558 K No. 3: 536 K
Diesel fuel is ignited by heat AND compression. For example: Throwing a lit match in a bucket of diesel fuel won't ignite it. However, Gasoline will catch fire with just heat. PS, Don't try that trick I taught you in sentence 2! Be smart and safe!
According to my manual, the fuel light goes on when the tank is down to approx 6 litres of diesel.
No, diesel fuel is not easy to set on fire. It has to have a good wick, or be vaporized to be quickly set on fire. You can put out a match in a pool of diesel fuel, but you wouldn't want to drop a match into a tank that holds it, as enough may have evaporated to cause it to ignite. It is not as volitile as gasoline.
Diesel burns when in an open container, it is not as volatile as gasoline. If you flick a match into diesel fuel, it will typically go out unless it is hot enough to vaporize due to the temperature. In a diesel engine, the fuel explodes when it gets to the right temperature, caused by pressure.
you can take a small sample of fuel and light a match and put it to the fuel. coal fuel will ignite whereas jet fuel will extinguish the flam of the match.
Diesel fuel is not very volatile. It's very unlikely (I hesitate to categorically state "impossible") that it could be ignited by a cigarette.
Diesel engines run on diesel fuel. Gasoline will destroy a diesel engine.
water sensor has malfunctioned/or fuel has large quantity of water contamination.
My Mk3 fiesta did not.
A 1998 Ram with the Cummins diesel has a water in fuel indicator on the dash that will illuminate if there is water in the fuel filter housing.
Yes, diesel is a bio fuel
Where is the water drain for the Water in Fuel light?
Diesel fuel mixes with gasoline.
Diesel and Kerosene are extremely similar.In fact Kerosene is often called #1 Fuel Oil and Diesel is called #2 Fuel Oil.Diesel should burn fine in a kerosene heater, unless you are trying to light it in very cold weather.
If the van has a diesel engine, then you MUST use diesel fuel. Unleaded gasoline will destroy a diesel engine. Diesel fuel is also used as a lubricant in a diesel engine. The use of any other fuel except diesel will result in serious damage. If you have put unleaded in your diesel, do not start or drive this vehicle until you drain the tank and change all the fuel filters.If the van has a diesel engine, then you MUST use diesel fuel. Unleaded gasoline will destroy a diesel engine. Diesel fuel is also used as a lubricant in a diesel engine. The use of any other fuel except diesel will result in serious damage. If you have put unleaded in your diesel, do not start or drive this vehicle until you drain the tank and change all the fuel filters.
Where is the diesel fuel filtered
Water is heavier than diesel fuel
only if it has a diesel engine. A gasoline engine will not run properly on diesel fuel.
Either manually pump fuel from the fuel tanks to the fuel filter, or else open up the fuel filter, and pour some diesel fuel directly into it.
Fill up the fuel filter with diesel fuel before you try starting it.
Diesel fuel, biodiesel, BTL and GTL
Ten liters of diesel fuel will weigh 8320 grams. One liter of diesel fuel weighs 832 grams. Ten liters of diesel fuel weighs about 18 pounds.
Normally that would be the low fuel warning light