shaggy Posted April 11, 2004 Report Share Posted April 11, 2004 good afternoon, all. i just finished an artical in Heli-ops about flame-outs during forest fire operations describing the fire triangle and how superheated air and smoke affect the operation of turbines. i have done some forestry work but most of it has been IA (with not much action) and flying the fire boss etc., not an awful lot of bucketing. my question as you have probably figured is how close can one safely get to the fire and smoke (without loosing reference of course) to avoid starving the engine of air with either superheated air or smoke. the other issue i was curious about is how do the elevated temperatures in close proximity to the fire itself affect the materials and components that make up our wonderful machines? do we even spend enough time that close to the fire line for the temperatures to really soak in and do any damage before having to go back for another load? any constructive comments would be greatly appreciated as we all know what time of year it is. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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