It is shown that a charged mist produced by splashing during oil tank washing operations may easily produce an incendiary discharge under conditions that can be clearly specified. However, there is no clear understanding as to the manner in which the charged mist may interact with various objects, including the water jet, to produce these hazardous conditions. Since the amount of electrical energy required to produce an ignition is always exceeded by the electrical energy available in the mist, a summary is provided describing how the mist obtains its charge and how it behaves mechanically and electrically.(Author)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Report prepared for Electrostatistics in Tank Washing special meeting of Experts sponsored by International Chamber of Shipping, Snekkersten, Denmark, 17-19 Apr. 72. Prepared in cooperation with the American Petroleum Institute.
  • Corporate Authors:

    State University of New York, Albany

    Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, 251 Fuller Road
    Albany, NY  United States  12203
  • Authors:
    • BARRETO, E
  • Publication Date: 1972

Media Info

  • Pagination: 64 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00035617
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ASRC-Pub-172
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 27 1972 12:00AM