Checking Gasoline Explosions
A stop-explosion device for use in automobiles, motor boats and airplanes was demonstrated at San Francisco, to show flames from a carburetor can be prevented from reaching the gasoline supply tank and thereby starting an explosion. One of the devices is installed in the outlet of the gasoline supply tank and one is placed along the gasoline supply line between the gasoline tank and the carburetor.
Should the gasoline supply line spring a leak or even break, no flame could travel back into the gasoline tank and thereby start an explosion.
In order to demonstrate the efficiency of this wire screen construction, the inventor. Henry J. Bucking, San Francisco, fastened one of the wire screen baskets into the top of a special test tank. Gasoline was then poured through the screen into the tank. The test gasoline container was constructed with the upper part forming a cone to create more severe conditions. A lighted match was placed at the top opening. After the flame had burned freely for several minutes, there was no exxplosion. The inventor picked up the tank, held it upside down so that some of the gasoline poured out, and still there was no explosion.
Claims are made that the device can also be used in gas piping in buildings and in street gas mains. It also can be placed in the outlet and inlet of gasoline storage tanks at service stations.
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