Response to TWA Articles
T. V. Prevenslik
11 F, Greenburg Court, Discovery Bay, Hong Kong
I have read with interest Jack Cashell's
version of the TWA 800 accident published in the ESD Journal. Given
the facts presented by Cashell it is reasonable to conclude that
a missile and not static electricity was the cause of TWA 800 accident.
However, this does not rule out the possibility that static electricity
may be the cause of the next air disaster.
In the latter regard, please find the
attached a paper entitled:
and cavity QED" revised (Word 97 format)
and cavity QED" revised (pdf format)
electrification and cavity QED" revised (ppt presentation)
This paper proposes that the source
of flow electrification is the air commonly dissolved, but not usually
removed in liquid petroleum pumping systems. The entrained air nucleates
bubbles as the flow pressure drops below the pressure at which the
air was dissolved. Electrification occurs by the cavity QED induced
photolectric effect that forms the basis for the papers that I have
submitted to the ESD Journal.
I did not write my paper to explain the TWA800 accident. But I understand
the NTSB proposal to avoid static electricity problems in aircraft
by purging the fuel lines with high quality fuel has been rejected
by the airline companies as too expensive. Instead, I would like
to propose to reduce the hazard of static electricity in aircraft
fuel systems it may be far less costly to add defoaming agents to
the fuel to reduce the level of entrained air. Tests would have
to be conducted to verify the validity of this proposal - perhaps
funded by the NTSB.
I submit this proposal to the NTSB by this article. It is hoped
that others may also perform tests on this important issue.