In this author’s previously published, referenced paper  1, a derivation of the non-linear component of the SU(3) field tensor for quantum chromodynamics was given which was elaborate and which required the somewhat artificial postulate of color confinement to complete the derivation. A much simpler and mathematically direct derivation which does not rely on color confinement and which mirrors SU(2)’s development exists and is given herein. The mathematical methodology used is taken from the subject original paper, which is covered in detail therein  .
2. The Derivation
The gauge field “cross product” for the non-linear term of the SU(3) field tensor has the form 
where i = 0 − 7 and the are the structure constants of the Gell-Mann commutation relation . A bijective relation between the Gell-Mann generators and the octonion basis elements was given with structure constants existing for the terms 
Using the formalism’s unique division-algebraic coupling equation 
we now consider the coupled operator (where defines the involution of ) instead of the coupled operator as was considered in the original paper. Setting , we have for the applicable vector portion of the coupled operator
in which we have used . As we are using the 𝕆-based coupling equation, both terms of Equation (4) are 7-dimensional cross products.
The term has components . Since the 7-dim cross product only sums from i = 1 − 7, setting only covers the structure constants
To cover the remaining we look to the term , which has components . Recalling the total asymmetry of , we
simply set for and for , with for all other ik and the being required due to the 2 in .
The bijective mapping between eight Clifford fields and the eight SU(3) gauge fields GjGk follows as in the original paper, with
thus generating the non-linear component .
3. Results and Discussion
The derivation herein of the non-linear portion of SU(3)’s field tensor is more direct and mathematically straightforward than the original paper’s derivation. Further, it mirrors the SU(2) formalism’s use of in generating the portion of the SU(2) field tensor and does not require the somewhat artificial postulate of color confinement for the mathematical derivation. Lastly, given this derivation the previously established bijective relation between the octonion basis and the Gell-Mann generators  is now seen to be unnecessary and superfluous to the octonionic development of SU(3) gauge theory, since the vector section of Equation (3) generates the entirety of SU(3)’s Lie algebra structure constants while residing solely within the basis in doing so.
Conflicts of Interest
The authors declare no conflicts of interest regarding the publication of this paper.
1See Ref.  , Sec. 3.i.