A social media post suggesting that fuel tanks could explode when filled, due to rising temperatures, has been rubbished by its purported author, the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association (JGRA).
The JGRA, in a news release Thursday evening, distanced itself from the post and refuted its content,
The JGRA stated that fuel tanks cannot explode when filled because of the following:
– Gas tanks cannot combust without a specific flammable mixture and a source of ignition (Oxygen and Gasoline at a ratio of 14:1). Oxygen cannot be present in a sealed tank, the only component that exists is fuel vapour.
2. Automotive gas tanks have vents to avoid them from being pressurized or depressurized, thus preventing expansion and contraction, which rules out the possibility of internal explosion.
3. The coefficient of expansion of petrol is 0.00095 per degree Celsius. An average tankful of 70 liters, would increase by 0.03 liter per degree Celsius. This is above the ambient temperature of approximately 32 degrees Celsius.
4. Vapour expands more rapidly than liquid; therefore, it is safer to keep your tanks full
According to the JGRA, the post has been around since 2018 and recently re-emerged,