Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Incidentally, if the temperature gets hot enough, like with a gasoline fire, the aluminum bodywork does not just melt, it actually burns. Not as bad as magnesium, but still way worse than steel, where temperatures rarely get hot enough to cook it off.
During the Falklands war, the Royal Navy had ships that went along with the latest naval architecture fad and had aluminum superstructure. The lowered weight above the hull lowered the center of gravity and made the ships more maneuverable and better able to tolerate bad weather and high seas. When hit by HE bombs, though, that superstructure burned like a match. Our navy learned a few lessons from that, most of which have been forgotten and they are building ships with aluminum superstructures again.
Aluminum is great for weight reduction, but it sure makes a nice fire.
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