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Not So Airtight Fuselage?  
User currently offlineBayouFlyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 6 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4044 times:

I am curious about some details in this picture taken by Antti Salo.....

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I get the impression from the evenly spaced "dashes" in the snow on the fuselage that warm air from the cabin is escaping through the rivet lines on the rib stations. Of course, if this were the case, the aircraft could never hold pressure at altitude....right? Can anyone shed some light on what would cause this pattern in the snowfall?

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User currently offlineSPREE34 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2415 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3980 times:

Heat from inside is transmitting quicker through the frame members to the outside, than throug hthe space between frame members which is insulated. You can see this happen in cars as well, sometimes on buildings.

I don't understand everything I don't know about this.
User currently offlineJfkaua From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1000 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3967 times:

yea it seems that the metal transmits the heat from point a to point b faster then hollow air.

User currently offlineSATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3938 times:

Metal is a conductor of heat whereas air tends to be an insulator. Your clothes and the insulation in your house trap air which is why they keep you warm.

User currently offlineBayouFlyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3888 times:

Thanks folks. Now I can sleep tonight!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineAviopic From Netherlands, joined Mar 2004, 2681 posts, RR: 36
Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3896 times:

All true, on the other hand not a single airframe is 100% air tight and they all lose pressure at the moment you stop doing something about it.
Even a bullet hole does not lead to loss of pressure as many people seem to think, the system can easily cope with that as it does not add much to the amount of air you are loosing anyway.
By the time the hole becomes as big as a window you are in serious trouble though.

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