Fuel leak detection on large transport airplanes

Behbahani-Pour, M.J. and Radice, G. (2016) Fuel leak detection on large transport airplanes. Journal of Aeronautics and Aerospace Engineering, 5(4), 1000174. (doi:10.4172/2168- 9792.1000174)

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Abstract

Fuel leakage has the risk of being ignited by external ignition sources, and therefore it is important to detect any fuel leakage before the departure of the aircraft. Currently, there are no fuel leak detection systems installed on commercial aircrafts, to detect fuel tank leakage, while only a small number of more recent aircraft, have a fuel monitoring system, that generates a fuel leak-warning message in cockpit in the case of fuel imbalance between the tanks. The approach proposed in this paper requires the fuel vent ports on the wings to be replaced with fuel vent valves, which can be controlled to be in open or close position. The fuel vent valve will be in close position, when certain conditions are fulfilled (all the related fuel valves closed, pumps not operating, etc.), the fuel tank ullage area is then pressurized to 4 psi and the rate of change of the pressure is measured over a period. Several experiments have been conducted and, the result show that a continuous fuel leak of one liter per minute can be detected. Further experiments show that if the fuel tank is pressurized to higher pressures, a fuel leak can be detected sooner.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Radice, Dr Gianmarco
Authors: Behbahani-Pour, M.J., and Radice, G.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Aerospace Sciences
Journal Name:Journal of Aeronautics and Aerospace Engineering
Publisher:OMICS International
ISSN:2168-9792
ISSN (Online):2168-9792
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Behbahani-Pour MJ, et al.
First Published:First published in Journal of Aeronautics and Aerospace Engineering 5(4): 1000174
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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