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Do You Get Drenched, When Opening The Cargo Door?

Mon Jun 19, 2006 11:31 pm

Looking at a freighter's cargo door design, I was surprised to find the door structure stuffed with insulation material, even though this is known to soak with water in flight and weigh down the aircraft, which doesn't carry passengers with comfort requirements at all.
The reason, I was told, was that the insulation "reduces the amount of water that falls on the guy opening the cargo door."

Is that correct? Is water draining from inside the door structure a problem when you open the cargo door on the ramp?
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RE: Do You Get Drenched, When Opening The Cargo Door?

Tue Jun 20, 2006 12:31 am

Quoting MechEngineer (Thread starter):
I was surprised to find the door structure stuffed with insulation material

The cargo aircraft I've seen have little to no insulation. Packages don't care if it's cold or noisey.
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RE: Do You Get Drenched, When Opening The Cargo Door?

Tue Jun 20, 2006 12:41 am

Most cargo doors that I've seen have minimal amounts of insulation in them, though rain collection on the interior structure of the door seems to be less of an issue than water entering the cargo area and dispersing into areas other than intended drain ports. As far as the guy on the ground, if he's standing in the right position, he'll get drenched when the door closes from all that standing water on top of it. (Its a perfect place for the newbie)  Wink
 
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RE: Do You Get Drenched, When Opening The Cargo Door?

Tue Jun 20, 2006 12:45 am

Where to start:

-A properly designed and maintained door will not allow water into it.
-Any water that may get into a properly designed and maintained door will drain out through the drain holes, it will not accumulate.
-I don't recall seeing any insulation inside a door. The exception is a main cargo door on a convertible. If the aircraft may carry either pax or cargo, the main cargo door should be insulated.
-The lower door may have insulation as part of the liner, especially in a compartment that may hold live animals.

I've opened, literally, thousands of doors, main, lower and bulk, powered and unpowered, and never got soaked because of it.
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RE: Do You Get Drenched, When Opening The Cargo Door?

Tue Jun 20, 2006 1:58 am

The insulation on aircraft is supposed to be insulated so that moisture ingress will be minimal. And once the moisture is inside the insulation, it stays there.

I've never got wet from a cargo bay door...
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RE: Do You Get Drenched, When Opening The Cargo Door?

Tue Jun 20, 2006 2:05 am

Quoting MechEngineer (Thread starter):
I was surprised to find the door structure stuffed with insulation material,

Not all Freighters remove Every Insulation Blanket.
Theres no access for this Insulation on the MCD to get soaked.

During Cargo Loading Ops on the Main Deck.The MCD is usually in the Canopy position.Rain Still rushes in Anyway.As long as the Fuselage/Flooring drains are Effective.No panic.
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RE: Do You Get Drenched, When Opening The Cargo Door?

Tue Jun 20, 2006 7:14 am

Can't speak of main deck cargo doors, but the only water I've seen come out of a cargo door would be from a Boeing outward opening lower lobe cargo door. There is usually a cup or two of water that collects behind the seal depressor (not inside the door itself but at the bottom edge) after a flight, as the design creates a channel for the water to collect in, probably not meant to do that, but it happens anyways, which pours onto the ground when you open the door. The 747 is the worst offender, at least in my experience at UAL.

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RE: Do You Get Drenched, When Opening The Cargo Door?

Tue Jun 20, 2006 4:24 pm

A few pallets of red wine which shifted in flight and broke a lot of bottles. Yes, I got drenched when opening the cargo door. Took forever before my work clothes stopped making me stink like a wino...
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RE: Do You Get Drenched, When Opening The Cargo Door?

Tue Jun 20, 2006 6:04 pm

Quoting FredT (Reply 7):
Yes, I got drenched when opening the cargo door. Took forever before my work clothes stopped making me stink like a wino...

Was your mouth open at that time  Smile
When the MCD on a freighter is opened after it Arrives from a Destination that experienced heavy rain.A bit of water trapped near the Seal Depresser flows out.
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RE: Do You Get Drenched, When Opening The Cargo Door?

Tue Jun 20, 2006 10:35 pm

Not quite sure where the water collects when the main deck and lower doors is/are open, but I ALWAYS try to make sure that someone is standing underneath when I close it. Not enough to really piss someone off, but definitely enough to surprise them. Guess I have too much time on my hands huh?
 
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RE: Do You Get Drenched, When Opening The Cargo Door?

Wed Jun 21, 2006 3:16 am

When we'd offload Air China, and they happened to have a pallet of monkeys on board, whew! After that many hours locked up in the aft cargo pit, that was quite the odor, and it seemed to stick to everyone. I'd rather smell like a wino...
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RE: Do You Get Drenched, When Opening The Cargo Door?

Wed Jun 21, 2006 3:52 am

Quoting FredT (Reply 7):
A few pallets of red wine which shifted in flight and broke a lot of bottles.

I assume that bird was AOG for a while as red wine and aicrafts is not a good combination.

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RE: Do You Get Drenched, When Opening The Cargo Door?

Wed Jun 21, 2006 8:44 pm

Quoting Sudden (Reply 11):
I assume that bird was AOG for a while as red wine and aicrafts is not a good combination

Is that a serious statement.Did not quite get it.Are you implying at Corrosion or Joking.
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RE: Do You Get Drenched, When Opening The Cargo Door?

Wed Jun 21, 2006 10:36 pm

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 12):
Is that a serious statement.Did not quite get it.Are you implying at Corrosion or Joking.

Red wine can be rather acidic and may cause damage to unprotected metal.
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RE: Do You Get Drenched, When Opening The Cargo Door?

Thu Jun 22, 2006 3:45 am

Quoting Fr8Mech (Reply 13):
Corrosion or Joking.

Red wine can be rather acidic and may cause damage to unprotected metal.

Thanks.I guess its tough reading thru words.
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RE: Do You Get Drenched, When Opening The Cargo Door?

Thu Jun 22, 2006 3:22 pm

Quoting Fr8Mech (Reply 13):
Red wine can be rather acidic and may cause damage to unprotected metal.

Yes, this is what I meant.
We ones had 1 broken bottle of red wine in the aft hold of a 737 and the fluid found it's way down under the aft holds floor, so that A/C didn't move much that day.

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RE: Do You Get Drenched, When Opening The Cargo Door?

Thu Jun 22, 2006 3:30 pm

You should see what happens under the floor after transporting some horses. That gives a whole new meaning to the word "corrosion".  Wink

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RE: Do You Get Drenched, When Opening The Cargo Door?

Thu Jun 22, 2006 3:36 pm

Can only imagine.

Guess those are the times you are thinking about a career change.  Wink

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RE: Do You Get Drenched, When Opening The Cargo Door?

Thu Jun 22, 2006 4:25 pm

Getting that Liquid out & Neutralizing the efect would be tough.
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RE: Do You Get Drenched, When Opening The Cargo Door?

Thu Jun 22, 2006 6:36 pm

Quoting N8076U (Reply 16):
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RE: Do You Get Drenched, When Opening The Cargo Door?

Thu Jun 29, 2006 12:23 am

OK, thanks for the info, everyone. Apparently insulation in the cargo door is mostly additional weight to carry on the aircraft.
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RE: Do You Get Drenched, When Opening The Cargo Door?

Thu Jun 29, 2006 1:50 am

Quoting MechEngineer (Reply 20):
Apparently insulation in the cargo door is mostly additional weight to carry on the aircraft.

Amazing how Light a Converted Freighter can Get  Smile
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RE: Do You Get Drenched, When Opening The Cargo Door?

Sun Jul 02, 2006 12:57 am

Yes!

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