Accession Number : ADA093125


Title :   Evaluation of EXPLOSAFE. Explosion Suppression System for Aircraft Fuel Tank Protection


Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jul 77-Jul 80


Corporate Author : VULCAN INDUSTRIAL PACKAGING LTD REXDALE(ONTARIO) EXPLOSAFE DIV


Personal Author(s) : Szego, Andrew ; Premji, Karim ; Appleyard, Robert D


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a093125.pdf


Report Date : Jul 1980


Pagination or Media Count : 465


Abstract : A joint USAF/Canadian government development program conducted to evaluate the fuel tank ullage explosion suppression performance and to qualify the airborne military use of EXPLOSAFE void filler material, is reported. The material was subjected to laboratory testing to characterize its performance with regard to the manufacturing variables and subsequently exposed to typical ballistic threats up to 23mm HEI-T. The material properties are extensively defined together with the operational penalties associated with its use. Operational and environmental tests are described which determined the tolerance of the material to static loading, fuel slosh vibration, and exposure to fuel, fuel + additives, and corrosive fuel contaminants. Further tests demonstrate that the material does not affect fuel system operation with regard to flow, free motion of fuel during aircraft inversion and fuel tank venting. Installation studies were conducted on fuel tanks of varying complexity to demonstrate feasibility of assembly using existing apertures.


Descriptors :   *FUEL TANKS , *ALUMINUM FOIL , UNITED STATES , COST EFFECTIVENESS , HAZARDS , CANADA , EXPLOSIONS , VOIDS , MESH , INSTALLATION , JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES , ACCESS , INCENDIARY AMMUNITION , JET ENGINE FUELS , SLOSHING , SUPPRESSORS , FILLERS , HIGH EXPLOSIVE AMMUNITION , VENTING , EXPANDABLE STRUCTURES


Subject Categories : Aircraft
      Fuels


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE