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Catalytic Reactor for Inerting of Aircraft Fuel Tanks
Final rept. Jun 1971-Jun 1974
AIRESEARCH MFG CO TORRANCE CA
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The program, Catalytic Reactor for Inerting of Aircraft Fuel Tanks, was concerned with the development of a prototype catalytic reactor for the generation of inert gases through jet fuel combustion in engine bleed air. Successful operation of a flight-configured unit was achieved at very high effectiveness. Inert gas oxygen concentrations below 1 percent were achieved repeatedly. Design data were generated related to reactor performance under various operating conditions and also related to thermal and mechanical design of the unit. Corrosion testing of aircraft fuel tank construction materials including metals, coatings, and sealants was conducted. These materials were evaluated in terms of resistance to corrosion by SO2 formed in the fuel oxidation reactor. A complete fuel tank inerting system was synthesized.
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