Leadership

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Issue 15 and Volume 77.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Conducted by “He that questioneth much shall learn much ”-BACON NOTE—Readers of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING are invited to send in questions, which will be answered in the order received. Names are omitted from questions unless otherwise specified. How Flowing Gasoline Generates Static Electricity and Causes Fires To the Editor: In connection with static electricity, the question has come up as to what causes the spark from a funnel while filling a gasoline tank, or from hose nozzle of tank wagon, or hose that may lead from a pump to automobile tank. Is friction caused by flow of gasoline responsible for the spark? I shall be pleased to receive any information you may have pertaining to this matter, as I need it for an important purpose. Yours very truly, M. E. J. Answer: It has been very definitely established that flowing gasoline generates static electricity which, unless…

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