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Panel prevents fuel tank explosions

Where there is fuel, there is no fire, thanks to Sabic Innovative Plastics' Noryl resins.


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January 1, 2008 by Canadian Plastics



Where there is fuel, there is no fire, thanks to Sabic Innovative Plastics’ Noryl resins.

The U.S. Army and Marine Corps have chosen the Fire Panel by Firetrace Aerospace to protect vehicle fuel tanks from exploding when hit with enemy fire.

Upon impact, the Fire Panel shatters and discharges a dry fire suppression agent. The panel features a wraparound shell made with a proprietary blend of Sabic IP’s Noryl resins, which enables the shell to shatter upon significant impact but maintains its integrity under normal conditions.

The resin blend is blow molded into a three-dimensional shell that wraps around the sides of the fuel tank. According to Sabic IP, the shell incorporates a number of hollow, horizontal channels, each independently filled with extinguishing powder.

The Fire Panel has been installed on thousands of Marine Corps Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) trucks and Army Heavy Equipment Transporters (HET).

Sabic Innovative Plastics Canada (Toronto); www.geplastics.com; 800-323-3783