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Incendiary Gunfire Evaluation of a Condensate-Formed Fuel Fog Inerting System
ARMY AIR MOBILITY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT LAB FORT EUSTIS VA EUSTIS DIRECTORATE
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Army aircraft are vulnerable to catastrophic fuel tank explosions from incendiary impact in the ullage. Previous testing indicated that aircraft fuel tank inerting concepts that create overrich ullage atmospheres should have a high probability of success. Nevertheless, initial attempts to design such a system using fuel fog techniques met with failure. Subsequently, a unique condensate-formed fuel fog system was tested under Contract DAAJ02-73-C-0087 and found to be effective in preventing ullage explosions caused by an electric match. After completion of the contract, the system was tested further and found to be ineffective in preventing fires initiated by an incendiary gunfire simulator.
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