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XyZspineZyX
12-15-2003, 01:13 PM
What were self sealing fuel tanks and how did they work in principle and how long did they take to work?

Are they moddeled into FB?

Wilhelm

XyZspineZyX
12-15-2003, 01:13 PM
What were self sealing fuel tanks and how did they work in principle and how long did they take to work?

Are they moddeled into FB?

Wilhelm

XyZspineZyX
12-15-2003, 01:37 PM
Yes they are modelled in FB and it takes a minute or two before they stop or contain any fuel leak.

I believe they worked by having an interior coating of rubber or plastic which would slowly expand to fill any holes caused by bullets or shrapnel.

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XyZspineZyX
12-15-2003, 02:00 PM
Wilhelm_Hartas wrote:
- What were self sealing fuel tanks and how did they
- work in principle and how long did they take to
- work?

Self sealing tanks are discussed in this article, about half way down the page:

http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Hangar/8217/fgun/fgun-ar.html


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XyZspineZyX
12-15-2003, 05:21 PM
Ah thats great Cheers!



Wilhelm

Hisey
12-18-2003, 11:43 AM
The material used as the sealant was called thiokol and is a rubbery opaque polysulphide sealant that is in popular use today in the marine industry. Mechanics found that it was good for the rapid patching of bullet holes too. As a demonstration analogy of how the stuff worked, push your finger through a piece of foam rubber, remove it, the hole self seals, now imagine the layer of foam rubber being a bit more sticky and plastic and you have thiokol.

PS this little bit of Yankee ingenuity or the lack of it, is what enabled the Allies to kill off the cream of the Japanese Imperial Air Forces. A few .50 cal fuel tank hits and you had yourself a Teppanyaki party with Tojo's finest being the roastee. The IJN only turned our about 400 new pilots a year, don't know about the IJA but as you can imagine, it didn't take long for the USN and USAAF to catch up take over in the pilot quality and quantiy race. All thanks to the self sealing fuel tank.