Re: TWA 800 question: fuel flow problem

Date:         11 Feb 98 04:26:32 
From: (David Tyler)
Organization: Air Force Phillips Lab.
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jf mezei <"[non-spam]jfmezei"> writes:

>Last question: with a wing tank almost full, what would happen if a pump
>in centre fuel tank were to start to pump air/fumes from an empty centre
>tank to a wing tank. Would this cause bubbles/foam to form in the wing
>tank ? Could this possibly cause an engine's fuel intake to draw some of
>that bubbled fuel and explain the "crazy fuel flow indicator" ?

if that were the case, one would observe correlated engine phenomena
such as fluctuating egt, etc., indicating that the amount of fuel go-
ing to the engine _really was_ changing.  as it stands, it seems like
an instrument problem.

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