Wednesday, September 02, 2009

The Kopp-Etchells Effect by Michael Yon

Paying tribute to two veteran warriors who died in Afghanistan, the Kopp-Etchells effect refers to the halo glow which can sometimes be seen in Helmand Province. In his blog, Michael Yon, who named this effect writes:

“Basically it is a result of static electricity created by friction as materials of dissimilar material strike against each other. In this case titanium/nickel blades moving through the air and dust. It occurs on the ground as well, but you don’t usually see it as much unless the aircraft is landing or taking off. The most common time is when fuel is being pumped. When large tankers are being fueled they must be grounded to prevent static electricity from discharging and creating explosions.”

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