Questions tagged [fuel-tanks]

Large cavities that store fuel, typically in the wings and/or belly of the plane.

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How can adverse maneuverability due to a fuel tank behind the rear pressure bulkhead be mitigated in Airbus ZeroE hydrogen plane?

Airbus recently announced three concept aircraft for commercial use, powered by liquid hydrogen, with an ambition to have the plane in operation by 2035. https://www.airbus.com/innovation/zero-...
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Where are the fuel tanks located in an Antonov An-225?

Does anyone have answer for where the fuel tanks are located on the Antonov An-225? (photo attached for explanation if anyone could) Would love to know how many tanks are on the aircraft and how the ...
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How is fuel drawn from drop tanks in WW2 airplanes?

Low-wing tanks typically have fuel supply lines at the bottom. For external drop tanks, I thought they came built with internal lines that mate with the plane. That appears to be the case for ...
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Where does the MiG-29 store fuel?

How does the MiG-29 fuel system work? Like, where does it store around 300 cubic feet of fuel? Also, which fuel does it use? Is JP4 preferable?
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What are the pros and cons of wingtip tanks?

I am looking into the aerodynamic pros and cons of wingtip tanks. Let's assume they're perfectly streamlined, optimally placed and sized for a given airframe. I am aware of the purpose of fuel ...
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May an A330 depart with with empty outer fuel tanks?

Airbus does not recommend flying with empty outer tanks, to reduce stress on the wings. Also, when the outer tank transfer valve is inoperative, the MEL says to fill the outer tanks with fuel and it ...
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What sort of debris has been found in 737 Max fuel tanks?

There have been numerous reports of Boeing finding "foreign object debris" in the fuel tanks of its 737 Max airliners. It's not clear what this debris is. It could range from a couple of missing ...
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What would happen when the fuel tank of a Cessna 172 became (partial) vacuum during horizontal flight?

Let's say we are flying a piston engine high wing airplane (Cessna 172) that uses a carburetor. What would happen when the fuel tank of a Cessna 172 became (partial) vacuum during horizontal flight?
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Why was the B-52's wet wing more susceptible to fatigue than its dry wing, and not less?

After years of carrying all its fuel in the fuselage, the B-52 transitioned to a wet wing (where the wing structure is used as one or more fuel tanks) with the B-52G. This caused severe problems with ...
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Why did Lockheed Martin give the F-22 stealth fighter such small fuel tanks?

Why did Lockheed Martin give the F-22 stealth fighter such small fuel tanks while the F-35 got much more fuel capacity relative to its size and single jet engine?
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Why are tip tanks used? [duplicate]

The answer to this question identifies the "pods" as tip tanks. Why do manufacturers sometimes use tip tanks rather than wing tanks? Or is it only when the wing isn't large enough to hold the desired ...
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What determines a plane's range?

When a planes maximum range is specified, is fuel [capacity] the only constraint or what else is taken into account? Would it always or ever be the case that a greater fuel capacity will increase ...
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Are there design guidelines for sizing vent/surge tanks?

Could someone explain the sizing process of Vent/ Surge tank of Aircraft fuel system? I understand the Vent tank is to collect fuel overflow from the main fuel tanks. The reason could be due to Fuel ...
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Where are the fuel tank sumps on an Aquila A210?

When I drain the fuel I have to do it three times: In addition to the drainer openings on both undersides of the wing and under the front fuselage (3 times in total). Can you tell or show me where ...
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What type of aircraft did these drop tanks come from?

I am trying to identify what type of plane my two recently acquired drop tanks came from. They measure 23" in diameter and about 12' long. Made of aluminum and "ALCOA" appears in raised letters on the ...
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Why are fuel tanks located in wings?

Passenger aircraft have fuel tanks in the wings. Why? What are the advantages and disadvantages of this location ? examples of disadvantages I would suspect: added weight increases the structural ...
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Why do the A320's centre tank pumps stop working 5 minutes after the low level has been reached?

I'm new here and I'm in training course for Airbus A320. In the training material, it's said that the centre tank pumps are controlled to stop automatically 5 mins after the low level fuel has been ...
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How do they fill fuel in big aircraft?

Being a passenger, I usually will have view from only one side of these planes and hence don't know if same thing is happening on other side of the plane. I have observed hoses connected to wings, but ...
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Is there a tank priority sequence for using the fuel tanks?

Is there a tank priority sequence for using the fuel tanks, or does the pilot decide?
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How the fuel in the wings is managed in case of an engine failure?

Consider an aircraft has fuel tanks only in wings (No central tank). Will the fuel for the respective engines will be consumed from the respective wings? In case of a single engine failure, if the ...
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What could the fuel pump failure have been that my flight experienced?

I was on an Easyjet flight (I think an A320), when mid-flight, I overheard a member of cabin crew tell another passenger there was a 'technical' issue with the aircraft, that might make us slightly ...
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Would it have been feasible to install 'conformal fuel tanks' on the Mercure?

The Dassault Mercure was a short-range twin-jet airliner. It was canceled with sales not reaching the breakeven point. Other similar jetliners like the Boeing 737 had a more convenient longer range. ...
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Why do aerobatic aircraft have separate tanks instead of a single acrotank?

I've been reading about fuel tanks in aerobatic planes such as the Extra 330, Edge 540, XA41 and I don't really understand why in the Extra 330 there are separated center tanks and an acrotank instead ...
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How does the FAA define fuel capacity for ultralights?

Ultralights under FAR 103 are regulated to a capacity of 5 gallons. I'm wondering how exactly fuel capacity is defined, does it include fuel in the lines, and in the carburetor bowl or elsewhere or ...
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How are fuel tanks cleaned out?

One episode of the BBC series "Engineering Giants" featured a BA 747 undergoing a multi-week "D check". Here the inside of a fuel tank was surprisingly clean and dry (to me): ...
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In WW2, were self-sealing fuel tanks really cost-beneficial?

I just read this question and answer, which seems to confirm my fears that an incendiary bullet will still destroy you if it hits your fuel. In other words, a self-sealing fuel tank will not protect ...
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Is there any particular reason the A380 doesn't have a centre wing tank?

Today I learnt something new, but apparently the A380 has no centre wing tank, which leads me to ask, is there a specific, design reason for this? Or did Airbus just think those huge wings were big ...
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Is the entire length of a B747 or A380 wing used as a fuel tank?

It is generally understood that the fuel tanks of aircraft are in the wings, but specifically, is the entire length of the the wing of: an Airbus A380 Jumbo used as fuel tank? a Boeing 747-800 Jumbo ...
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How much fuel does an A380 hold and where?

How much fuel does an A380 usually carry (in litres) and what is the maximum? How much is in each wing? How much is in other fuel tanks and where are they?
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Is center tank fuel required to start the 737-800 engines?

I have been doing some flights with the 737-800 and when there is no fuel in the center tank, the engines won't start. Is it like that in real life?
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Have any operational aircraft ever used over wing fuel tanks?

We are most familiar with under wing fuel tanks, has any operational aircraft ever used over wing fuel tanks?
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What would happen if you shot an F-16's fuel tank? [closed]

Let's suppose you have a 20mm sniper rifle and shoot the internal fuel tank of an F-16 coming directly towards you. What would happen ?
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Is there any work on improving fuel tanks so they could store hydrogen?

I think that hydrogen is among the best fuels for use in supersonic and hypersonic flight, is there any work on improving fuel tanks so they could store hydrogen? What would be the best state to ...
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Do large aircraft accumulate water in their tanks?

Do large aircraft accumulate water in their tanks? If so, how is it drained? How often is it drained? At what rate per hour does it accumulate? If not what was done to circumvent the problem?
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How is that there is no leak through the fuel vents during aerobatics maneuvers?

Can anyone tell me how aircraft such as jet fighters and stunt planes design the fuel tank vent system to prevent fuel leaking through the vents when performing aerobatics, 360 flips and complex ...
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How many tanks does an A350 have?

How many tanks are there on an A350? Where are they located? Is it a common configuration among large aircraft?
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How are wing tanks sealed around the internal wing structure?

I can easily grasp the idea of tanks of fuel inside the fuselage of an aircraft, and the ease of sealing such tanks in a relatively standard shape. However, I'm having a hard time understanding how ...
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How does switching off pumps and putting on MAN switch resolve low pressure?

FUEL If the center tank is less than 200 kg (440 lb) for the flight: Apply the following procedure, if your airline is affected by FUEL CTR TK PUMPS LO PR cautions on ground or in flight when the ...
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Is fuel moved around during flight on a passenger or cargo plane? If so why?

Is fuel moved around during flight on a passenger or cargo plane? If so why? Is balance an issue?
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How often are drop tanks actually dropped?

I know drop tanks are used to extend the range on many fighter jets, but how often are they actually detached from the plane once empty? A lot of WWII movies and documentaries show tanks being dropped ...
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Would fuel quantity indications be affected by extended flight at nonzero bank angles?

If flying with a 20kt crosswind requiring yaw input as well as roll input to maintain course, would the fuel indicators show different loads depending on the roll angle of the aircraft (in this case, ...
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Why are fuel tanks in the wings filled first, and why are they used last?

When fueling airliners, why is fuel filled first in the tanks in the wings and then the center tanks? And why do they use fuel from the center tanks first and then from the tanks in the wings? From ...
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How are fuel tanks tested and certified?

What ground tests are carried out for testing and certifying wing fuel tanks for use in passenger aircraft? Is there any chamber to simulate flight conditions? If so, how is the chamber constructed?
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What fuels can turbofans burn?

I know that Jet-A is the fuel most often used for turbofans, but is there something else that these engines can burn? (ethanol, LPG, methane, butane, 100LL, etc.) Basically, can a turbofan burn ...
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What is a fuel tank float valve and how does it work?

This report on dodbuzz mentions a 'fuel tank float valve'. Neither google nor StackExchange seem to know what it is. What is it, why is it necessary?
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How is fuel removed from a light aircraft if required for weight and balance?

With small, light aircraft, weight is always a consideration. Say you had a four-place single engine aircraft that you wanted to take yourself and three of your (non-FAA-standard weight) friends, but ...
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Are there certain areas where a pilot can jettison his/her external fuel tanks?

When a pilot feels the need to jettison their external fuel tanks, do they have to wait until they are above a certain area, or can they just drop them wherever they please?
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What are the general problems faced for maintenance in fuel inerting systems?

Currently most of the nitrogen generation systems have Air Seperation Modules (ASM) and other associated mechanical components to generate Nitrogen Enriched Air. Hence, are there any inherent ...
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Do fuel tank locations on the wing cause a potential for weight imbalance?

I have a question about fuel tanks in an older plane like a P-36C Hawk and a P-26B-35. The fuel tanks in the P-26 are placed in the wings and in the P-36C Hawk its under the pilot and behind him. For ...
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Can a wide body airliner land safely with a full fuel tank?

Can a commercial double-aisle jet aircraft (e.g., 777, A330) land safely with a full fuel tank (minus the fuel spent on taxing and takeoff)? Has that ever happened?