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