A Method to Compare the Potential of a Flowing Liquid Hydrocarbon to Generate Static Electricity
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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The study examines static charge generation in hydrocarbon fuels during flow through pipes. Particular emphasis is placed on the effect of linear velocity, pipe diameter and length, and the liquid solid interface. A parameter was developed which may be of use to system designers as a basis for comparing static electric charge generating characteristics of various fuel- container material combinations. Laboratory scale apparatus for the measurement of conductivity and charge density in the flowing fluid was designed, constructed and instrumented. A by product of this work was the development of a fully guarded parallel plate conductivity cell which indicates some improvement over other designs.
- Electricity and Magnetism