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Method and System for Making a Fuel-tank Inert without an Inert Gas
ISSN: 1946-3855, e-ISSN: 1946-3901
Published November 10, 2009 by SAE International in United States
Citation: Gupta, A., "Method and System for Making a Fuel-tank Inert without an Inert Gas," SAE Int. J. Aerosp. 2(1):75-82, 2010, https://doi.org/10.4271/2009-01-3134.
In Chemistry “Inert” implies ‘not readily reactive with other elements; forming few or no chemical compounds or something that is not chemically active’. “Inerting” is the process that renders a substance inert. A method for making a fuel-tank inert without the use of an inert gas is described. In this method fuel-air ratio of ullage is reduced until it becomes inert. The method does not discharge fuel vapors as an inert gas inerting system. Two systems employing the method are described explaining their pros and cons. Advantages of the method over Nitrogen Enriched Air (NEA) inerting method with an On-board Inert Gas Generating System (OBIGGS) are discussed. Patent application on the method and system is pending.