Evaporation Losses Resulting from Camouflage of POL Tanks in Korea
PACIFIC AIR FORCES HICKAM AFB HI OPERATIONS ANALYSIS OFFICE
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At the present time, POL tanks in Korea are painted white to minimize evaporation losses. This makes them highly visible to potential attacking aircraft. If the POL tanks are painted with a dull tonedown color similar to that being accomplished for the remainder of the air base facilities, there is the concern that evaporation losses might be costly. This paper determines the cost of POL evaporation associated with tonedown painting of tanks and explores several alternatives. At Kunsan and Osan Air Bases, there are eight principal POL tanks aboveground. If these tanks were painted with tonedown colors, total evaporation loss cost for all of them together would increase by about 2000 per year. Two alternatives that reduce the evaporation losses even more and additionally provide concealment superior to tonedown painting are burial and camouflage with netting. Either of these alternatives would reduce evaporation losses more than the 2000 per year but in neither case would this saving offset the increased installation costs. Since gasoline storage suffers nearly four times greater evaporation losses, as compared with JP-4, the recommendation is made that gasoline be stored underground whenever this option is available and tactical considerations permit it.
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