Re: Inert Gas In Fuel Tanks

From:         Tom Speer <speer%do.edw@mhs.elan.af.mil>
Organization: 412th Test Wing / TSFF
Date:         03 Sep 96 01:16:55 
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Dave Starr wrote:
>...It's interesting to note that a
> number of modern AF aircraft,  notably many C-130E and H's, use blocks of
> reticulated poylurethane foam to completelly fill the tankage space....

There's also a product on the market that consists of an expanded metal
mesh that also fills the fuel tanks.  I think it's trade name is "Fire
Safe" or some such.  But it works on a completely different principle.
As I recall, it's thermal conductivity is so great that it quenches the
early ignition of a fire by conducting the heat away.

TS