5.8K Shares Share Share A new study suggests the number of fuel tank leaks is rising.
The study from the Institute of Technology says there is an increased likelihood of fuel leaks when the vehicle’s fuel tank is not properly secured.
In a study conducted by the Institute, researchers say they found a correlation between an increased risk of fuel leakage when the fuel pump is not in the correct position, a lower likelihood of the vehicle leaking in the event of an engine failure and a lower probability of fuel leaking during a crash.
“The results of this study provide further evidence to support the need for vehicles with fuel tank security to have a fuel tank lifter,” said study author Dr. Peter Pertwee.
The study, published in the journal Engineering & Design, concluded that fuel tank safety measures such as a lifter and a proper fuel tank assembly are essential.
A fuel tank can lose up to 50 per cent of its contents during a fuel-related crash.
A small amount of fuel will then leak from the tank to the ground or to the interior of the car, where it can cause damage.
Fuel tank security can help prevent a car from starting, from failing to start, or from overheating, and help prevent the vehicle from starting while the vehicle is in a crash or a crash-related incident.
Pertweer added that vehicle fuel tanks must be properly secured in the front and rear of the tank.
He said a better understanding of vehicle fuel tank technology, fuel tank performance and fuel tank failure prevention can lead to better vehicle designs and better fuel tank installation.
Dr. Peter Petter Petter, a professor at the Institute and a professor of civil and environmental engineering, said fuel tank designs need to incorporate the best available information.
Petter said fuel tanks should be equipped with a safety system that detects when the engine is operating and shuts down the engine when the tank is emptied.
Other measures that should be included in vehicle fuel systems are:A better understanding and acceptance of the mechanics of a vehicle fuel system, such as the relationship between the fuel system and the transmission, and the position of the fuel tanks and injectors, according to Petter.