Antimisting Fuel Research and Development for Commercial Aircraft
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FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION TECHNICAL CENTER ATLANTIC CITY NJ
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This report covers the research, development, testing, and evaluation conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration in pursuit of an effective, feasible antimisting agent for kerosene jet fuels that would prevent or reduce the dangers of postcrash, fuel mist fires. For the past eight years, most of this effort was focused on a high molecular weight polymer, FM-9, as a representative agent to prove the antimisting fuel concept. The results of this work indicate that the goal is achievable Jet fuel can be modified to provide a significant degree of protection against postcrash fires in impact-survivable accidents. Additional development and testing would be required before the fuel is operationally acceptable. It would be necessary to make some modifications in fuel handling procedures and hardware in aircraft and at airports. But there appear to be no technically insurmountable problems. Keywords Antimisting kerosene Safety fuels Aircraft safety.