Non-Metallic Fuel Tank Drop Test
|Publication Date:||1 December 2018|
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Purpose. To evaluate the drop test capabilities of non-metallic fuel tanks.
Applicability. This procedure is used by tank suppliers to develop nonmetallic fuel tank designs and for quality control during production. It is included as part of the following specification(s) listed on the part drawing (related to performance):
Remarks. This procedure specifies two (2) methods that may be used:
Long Method. This method takes a tank with a 60/40 glycol/water mixture inside (both at ambient temperature) and cools them together in a cold chamber to -40 °C ± 2 °C (-40 °F ± 4 °F). This method would be used if resources were not available to pre-cool the glycol/water mixture (i.e., larger chamber, separate chamber for pre-cooled glycol/water mixture and energy required to sustain pre-cooled glycol/water mixture).
Short Method. This method takes a tank (at ambient temperature) and cools it to -40 °C ± 2 °C (-40 °F ± 4 °F). Then a glycol/water mixture pre-cooled to -40 °C ± 2 °C (-40 °F ± 4 °F) is added. The time it takes to cool the tank is much less than that required to cool the glycol/water mixture, thus saving time. This method, however, requires resources to pre-cool the glycol/water mixture (i.e., larger chamber, extra chamber to cool glycol/water mixture, dedicated test chamber and energy required to sustain pre-cooled glycol/water mixture). An advantage of the short method when used in quality control, is that if a test sample tank does not meet the requirement, then a fewer number of tanks will have been produced since the last test. This will result in less scrap.