The Development of Aircraft Crash-Resistant Fuel Cells, Safety Valves, and Breakaway Accessories 620155
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This paper discusses the development of concepts and components for an aircraft crash-resistant fuel system. There is presented the results of programmed study and dynamic test accomplishments from which the crashworthy design and specification criteria were established for crash-resistant cell and safety valve Military Specifications. Also given is a description of the first aircraft crash-resistant fuel cell installation, complete with safety valves and frangible break away components.