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Oh No Not Again

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:28 PM

I can't believe this is happening again. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner turns out to be an almost screamer. A fuel leak on the runway, a little spark from a poorly connected battery and you go down on flames. Just think, the lithium cell in so many smart phones and i Whatever, gets hot enough to melt the case and cause serrious burns. Laptops smoking and can spell expensive repairs. Now imagine a battery pack large enough to power the thing on the ground and start one engine. We're not talking about the cables the size in your car, most are as big as a beer can. Lots of juice and one bad connection or terminus and you get a lot of heat real fast, melting all in its path. These problems are not always in operating aircraft, some while parked. Like the car that burned two weeks after being subjected to a collision by the NTSB. Again, a battery over heat that took some time to fail and build enough current to begin burning. Some engineers and ground crews need to get some special training and provided the tools to maintain the batteries correctly. These units are not that hard to replace, a bank of twelve units but are very expensive and connectors need special treatment and torgue specs that can make or break the whole bank.

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