As a multifuel, wouldn’t the L60 have spark plugs?
I think by the mid 1980's they had enough of the multifuel capability and were running it as a pure diesel, which made it more reliable. But its a good point, and ive never stopped to think about it before
Ryan will know that the US had the multifuel fad too, but they dropped it (at least in trucks) long before the 1980s (in 1968/9). That said, I think the Abrams can run on every thing from Jack Daniels to coal tar.
The turbine will run on anything that is similar to diesel fuel oil. plant oil, old fish&chips fat, kerosine and similar. Alcohol I would be coutious, that the rubber gaskets and seals are not corroding and dissolve quickly. Heck even E10 petrol can kill rubber in a car.
The modern (well from the last two to three decades really) turbo diesels have become more picky about fuel quality, because they have been optimised more and more to generate more power and adhere to emission standards. Older multi-fuel diesel engines will run on almost anythinf oily. turbos and fuel and injection pumps are built mostly to expect the lubricity of proper first wirld diesel fuel oil, when you fill in anything else they are not lubricated properly anymore and die sooner or later. Turbo chargers are simlarly finicky in regards to the oil and fuel used. Use the wrong ones and kill it.
Edited by Panzermann, 17 July 2018 - 1601 PM.