1971-02-01

Microbiological Contamination of Aircraft Fuel Tanks - Airframe Considerations 710438

Extensive research and development has removed the major causes of microbiological corrosion of aircraft fuel tanks. However, a problem still exists, since costly preventive measures are sometimes required; the reasons for the present situation are discussed in detail. Difficulties that arise in laboratory testing are described and the need for realistic test conditions and interpretation of results is stressed. Research and development work in the United Kingdom is summarized, and it is suggested that further work is required into some aspects of the problem.

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