Inflammable material carrying vehicles

by phymathlover
Tags: airplanes, carrying, fires, inflammable, material, spark, static electricity, vehicles
phymathlover is offline
Feb24-14, 01:50 PM
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Special rubber tires are made slightly conducting, in aircrafts, to enable them to pass on charge (produced by friction) to the ground, as too much charge may result in a spark and hence cause a fire. This is apparently the same reason why some vehicles usually have metallic ropes touching the ground during motion especially when they carry inflammable materials. But I don't get how exactly the charge causes the spark.
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UltrafastPED is offline
Feb24-14, 06:54 PM
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Sparks are what you see when there is an air breakdown due to the strength of the electrostatic field (volts/meter) between two objects.

Providing a conductive path (drag chains, conductive tires, etc) allows the electrostatic charges to be drained ... thus the vehicle should not build up a static charge strong enough to spark. This makes it safer when refueling.

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