Electric Charge Distribution

Sloshing of aircraft fuel in-flight or during refueling, generates electric charge, causing the fuel-vapor mixture at the interface to become conductive. Analysis of transient electric potential and field distribution helps to identify optimum discharge locations on the fuel tank. This electric charge distribution simulation using FLOW-3D demonstrates the fuel behavior inside an aircraft fuel tank while it accelerates through a turn in a series of yaw, pitch, and roll motion.