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The American Petroleum Institute, in cooperation with the National Bureau of Standards, initiated its Research Project 44 in 1942. The project was designed to provide reliable information on the thermodynamic and thermophysical properties of selected hydrocarbons and their sulfur-containing derivatives. This information was needed to support the massive demand for fuel, lubricants, and other petroleum products during World War II. The tables containing this information were originally produced in loose-leaf form for refineries, chemical companies, and universities. The tables were subsequently issued in book form in 1948. A newer edition, Selected Values of Physical and Thermodynamic Properties of Hydrocarbons and Related Compounds, provided tables produced through December 31, 1952. The project moved from the National Bureau of Standards to Carnegie Institute of Technology in June, 1950.