Determination of Relief Vent Areas Required to Control Gasoline Explosions in Certain Boat Engine Compartments
WYLE LABS HUNTSVILLE AL
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The work was performed to acquire necessary data to prepare a Design Guideline for pressure relief-flame deflectors installation in recreational boats of the inboard-stern drive type. Previous work had determined the feasibility of such pressure relief valves. A model was constructed and carefully controlled explosion created with the simulated engine compartment over a range of explosion levels and with different compartment volumes and different area pressure relief values. The overpressures within the model were recorded for the various conditions using a unique acoustic vapor level detection system.
- Marine Engineering
- Safety Engineering