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Name:  Scott L.
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Age:  15
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Date: 2000-2001


Question:
What are the dangers of electrostatics? Particular in fuel pumps, what is the negative and positve effect? Are there any other dangers? Thank you.


Replies:
Scott,

I am not certain what you are asking. If you referring to static discharges when transferring fuels, certain safety measures must be followed. When non-conducting liquids flow from one metal container to another, static electricity can sometimes build up to the point where a spark can occur. If the liquid is a volatile fuel like gasoline, the spark can trigger an explosion and fire.

For that reason, it is wise to connect the metal containers together with a wire so that they remain at the same electrical potential. Thus, sparking cannot occur between them.

Regards,
ProfHoff



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