A significant percentage of general aviation aircraft accidents result in postcrash fires due to the ignition of fuel spillage, often contributing to injury or death to the aircraft occupants. Testing was performed to demonstrate the performance of light-weight, flexible, crash-resistant fuel cells combined with the use of frangible fuel line couplings. Included in these tests were four full-scale crash tests of a typical light twin aircraft. In three tests, the crash-resistant fuel system performed satisfactorily. The fourth and final test, where the lightest weight tanks were used, resulted in tank failures and demonstrated a possible lower strength limit to the tank material. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Aviation Facilities Experimental Center

    Federal Aviation Administration
    Atlantic City, NJ  United States  08405

    Federal Aviation Administration

    Systems R&D Service, 800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Perrella, WMJ
  • Publication Date: 1978-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: 38 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00191384
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FAA-RD-78-122 Final Rpt., FAA-NA-78-48
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 26 1979 12:00AM