A Technique for Evaluating Fuel and Hydraulic Fluid Ballistic Vulnerability
SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INST SAN ANTONIO TX BELVOIR FUELS AND LUBRICANTS RESEARCH FACILITY
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A relatively inexpensive ballistic test procedure has been developed for evaluating the relative fire vulnerability of various fluids of interest for Army applications. The technique employs 20 mm HEIT projectiles fired into partly-filled fluid containers. It yields repeatable results which establish both transient fireball effects and residual burning tendencies. Appropriate experimental procedures and conditions, such as target fluid temperature, were established, and the efficacy and repeatability were evaluated by conducting a total of 184 experiments, 81 of which are tabulated herein. These latter experiments were conducted with fire-safe fuel FSF and fire-resistant hydraulic fluid FRH candidates. The resulting experimental data agree with flammability measurements made with laboratory and bench-scale techniques and provide an apparently realistic assessment of ballistic vulnerability. It is planned to evaluate the realism of the ballistic exposure by arranging for a series of Army-conducted full-scale ballistic tests.
- Lubricants and Hydraulic Fluids
- Safety Engineering