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Static Electricity

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charlie beckman

on 23 February 2010

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Transcript of Static Electricity

Static Electicity Uses of Static Electricity When smoke from a power station boiler goes up the chimney, huge amounts of soot, ash, and dust could make a mess of the surrounding area. The dust can be removed by an electrostatic dust precipitator, which applies a negative charge to the dust particles. They are attracted to positively metal plates as shown in this animation:


Dangers of static electricity Gas Pump Static Electricity Causes Fires!
It may be a one in a million chance but with 11 billion refuelings in the USA each year, this means that up to 1000 times per year in the United States static electricity may ignite the gasoline vapors during refueling.

PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED OR SEVERELY HURT DOING SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS REFUELING THEIR VEHICLE OR GAS CONTAINER BY STATIC ELECTRICITY.

Static electricity is generated by the gasoline being pumped into a vehicle or container and by you when you get out of the car or remove an article of clothing. Static charges are dan-gerous.

If static charges are allowed to discharge in the vapor areas a fire can occur. The results are frightening and may be devastating.

Most vehicle static fires are caused by a per-son re-entering the vehicle during refueling to get warm or put up a credit card, etc. When they go back to the nozzle area they discharge their static at in the vapor rich space around the refueling port and BOOM!!

Sometimes the hose, nozzle or even the car can ignite the gasoline vapors from static discharges

Most gasoline container refueling fires due to static electricity are caused by the container not being filled on the ground but in the back of a truck, the trunk of a car or the step of a van, etc.
Signs StaTouch Signs: Some gasoline distributors have put up warning signs to help the refueling public be aware of the dangers and the procedures to reduce static fires. StaTouch has taken the warning a step further. These signs provide a
safe place to gently
remove your static
each time you approach
the nozzle area.
SPINX Stations in
South Carolina were the
first to put the
StaTouch signs up.
Works Cited http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=dangers+of+static&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

http://www.school-for-champions.com/science/staticuse.htm
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