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Old 11-06-2017, 02:23 PM
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What size area would you or did you cover for fireproofing the belly? Specifically:
Wider than the cowl outlet at the front? Full width of belly?
How far back from cowl outlet did you insulate?
Did you keep it the same width front to back, or taper towards the rear?
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I did not! I may add this before first flight, but nothing yet.
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Old 11-06-2017, 09:11 PM
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What size area would you or did you cover for fireproofing the belly? Specifically:
Wider than the cowl outlet at the front? Full width of belly?
How far back from cowl outlet did you insulate?
Did you keep it the same width front to back, or taper towards the rear?
Thanks.
Johan
I made a fiberfrax and SS sandwich on the belly of my bird. I used the 1/16" Fiberfrax and 0.010" SS sheet. It came out nicely, with no noticeable pillowing. My belly shield is full width, going back about 20" in the middle and tapering a little further back along the sides. I intend to use 1/8" Fiberfrax and 0.010" SS sheet for the fire wall, secured with SS rivets. The SS sheet is thick enough that it doesn't wrinkle much, so I think my finished product will weather nicely in the engine compartment, although I'm not yet finished with it. Folding the SS sheet to get a nice infill in the recessed box in the firewall is difficult. For that I intend to use a thinner SS sheet (I think it's 0.005"). I will use aluminum tape for a seam, in order to provide a place for venting in a fire event.
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Old 11-06-2017, 10:40 PM
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Do you recall specifically what stainless tape you used (or the supplier)?
I don't know the specific brand of tape, but I believe I bought it with the foil from McMaster Carr.
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Old 11-07-2017, 08:23 AM
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I made a fiberfrax and SS sandwich on the belly of my bird. I used the 1/16" Fiberfrax and 0.010" SS sheet. It came out nicely, with no noticeable pillowing. My belly shield is full width, going back about 20" in the middle and tapering a little further back along the sides. I intend to use 1/8" Fiberfrax and 0.010" SS sheet for the fire wall, secured with SS rivets. The SS sheet is thick enough that it doesn't wrinkle much, so I think my finished product will weather nicely in the engine compartment, although I'm not yet finished with it. Folding the SS sheet to get a nice infill in the recessed box in the firewall is difficult. For that I intend to use a thinner SS sheet (I think it's 0.005"). I will use aluminum tape for a seam, in order to provide a place for venting in a fire event.
Mike,
Thanks. What I was looking for.
When you say sandwich, did you wrap the fiberfrax between two layers of SS, then attached that to the belly, or is it belly skin, fiberfrax covered by SS? If it is the latter, how did you manage the sharp edges of the SS foil?
What method of attachment did you use?
I have not worked with 0.010" SS foil (my firewall was done with 0.002) and wonder how easy it is to work with the 0.010", like bending, folding on itself, cutting and making holes. I was contemplating using 0.005" on the belly but will go with 0.010" if it is easy to work with.
Thanks for your response.
Johan
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Old 11-07-2017, 08:32 AM
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I made a fiberfrax and SS sandwich on the belly of my bird. I used the 1/16" Fiberfrax and 0.010" SS sheet. It came out nicely, with no noticeable pillowing. My belly shield is full width, going back about 20" in the middle and tapering a little further back along the sides. I intend to use 1/8" Fiberfrax and 0.010" SS sheet for the fire wall, secured with SS rivets. The SS sheet is thick enough that it doesn't wrinkle much, so I think my finished product will weather nicely in the engine compartment, although I'm not yet finished with it. Folding the SS sheet to get a nice infill in the recessed box in the firewall is difficult. For that I intend to use a thinner SS sheet (I think it's 0.005"). I will use aluminum tape for a seam, in order to provide a place for venting in a fire event.

Mike,
I looked for pictures of your install on your builder's site, but could not find the belly fireproofing. Could you point me in the right direction please.
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Old 11-07-2017, 08:41 AM
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I made a fiberfrax and SS sandwich on the belly of my bird. I used the 1/16" Fiberfrax and 0.010" SS sheet. It came out nicely, with no noticeable pillowing. My belly shield is full width, going back about 20" in the middle and tapering a little further back along the sides. I intend to use 1/8" Fiberfrax and 0.010" SS sheet for the fire wall, secured with SS rivets. The SS sheet is thick enough that it doesn't wrinkle much, so I think my finished product will weather nicely in the engine compartment, although I'm not yet finished with it. Folding the SS sheet to get a nice infill in the recessed box in the firewall is difficult. For that I intend to use a thinner SS sheet (I think it's 0.005"). I will use aluminum tape for a seam, in order to provide a place for venting in a fire event.
Mike,
Do you remember where you got your .01" SS foil? My search on internet was not fruitful for a wide piece that can be used on the FW.
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Old 11-15-2017, 04:16 PM
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Sorry I've been away for a while. Work gets in the way!
My belly shield consists of 1/16" FFrax against the belly skin (aluminum) with a 0.010" SS sheet over that, riveted to the structure. The O.010" SS sheet was easy to work with and allowed me to break the edges, so that when everything was riveted in place the edges of the SS stayed tight, without lifting up. The FFrax compresses a bit during riveting, but overall the pillowing is not very evident in the finished structure (probably also due to the thicker SS sheet). Below are some links to the VAF post where I list where I got the SS sheet and also to my weblog, which hasn't been updated in months, but shows the finished belly shield.

http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...t=sheet&page=2

http://www.mykitlog.com/users/displa...=222385&row=80

I will do 1/8" FFrax on the firewall, similar to what Dan Horton has recommended. My SS sheet will be held in place there using SS rivets, symmetrically spaced across the firewall.
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Old 12-10-2017, 07:05 PM
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Dan,
I'm curious about your post. Sounds like you have put a lot of thought into this and I'd like to try and follow you in it. I'm curious too about your heating experimentation in these regards.

It seems there are some assumptions that I haven't been able to come to yet and need some help on.

You mention ensuring that the firewall is sealed so there are no leak paths to the cockpit. You say that the fiberfrax and binders forward of the firewall need to have an escape path for the gases from those binders burning.
You suggest providing a path forward of the firewall by providing seams in the foil with overlay tape that melts away so the gas will go forward away from the firewall.

Since the firewall was made impervious to leaks why not make the fiberfrax protective foil impervious as well? Why assume that once the seam tape is gone that the gas will go forward? Seems that the pressure would still be higher in the engine compartment and that once the tape melts a path would be open for the fire to work against the fiberfrax perhaps ignite those gases and then work against the firewall that we are trying to protect. Wouldn't it be better to let whatever gases build in the sandwich find a path out at the edges? Just thinking out loud and wanting to understand why not make the foil totally sealed just like the firewall? Thanks

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Weight savings compared to SS foil? Just curious. Any savings is a plus.

Application notes:

Given fire exposure, the binder in the fiberfrax and some volatile components in the Firebarrier 2000 sealant will outgas. That gas needs an escape path. We want it to go into the engine compartment, where it is harmless.

So, before applying any fiberfrax, be sure the firewall is sealed at the perimeter flange, as well as around any openings, like under the mounting flanges of the heater boxes. No leak paths into the passenger compartment.

Fixating the fiberfrax to the firewall with a few beads of FB2000 is not a bad idea, and convenient for fabrication, but I'd keep it to a minimum, depending instead on mechanical fixation with SS pop rivets through foil, fiberfrax, and firewall. You simply can't depend on sealant to remain highly adhesive when hot.

Now, very important...the desired outgas path is provided by one of the foil overlaps. Those overlaps are sealed with aluminum tape in normal service. We want the tape to melt so the outgas can pass through the overlap, thus at least one section of overlap should be located in an area with a high likelihood of 1100F or more. The likely hot spot is down at the base of the firewall, so the surest bet is a vertical overlap seam right up the center. Horizontal overlaps higher on the firewall may not get hot enough. Is it critical? Maybe not, but the vertical overlap should make it predictable.
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