GulfstreamGuy From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 647 posts, RR: 1 Posted (16 years 4 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1141 times:
I noticed when 737s (mainly just Southwest here in LIT) come in, on all the -200s, -300s, and -500s, the auxillary power unit in the tail cone section have only one exhaust "hole". However, on the -700s they have TWO openings. Anybody know the reason for this?
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Jim From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 455 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (16 years 4 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1090 times:
It was explained to me that the second hole is used to ventilate and cool the APU compartment. Basically, the aft end of the tube is close enough to the exhaust to cause a venturi-effect, drawing air into the compartment. The forward end of the tube is next to the APU oil cooler, so air from the compartment is drawn across the oil cooler and exits overboard at the exhaust. I was told that the -700s & -800s have this.