HC Deb 22 April 1958 vol 586 cc752-3
11. Mr. Gurden

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works, as representing the Lord President of the Council, what research has been carried out to overcome the danger of crank case explosions in diesel engines; and with what results.

Mr. H. Nicholls

The British Internal Combustion Engine Research Association, supported by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, has worked on the basic causes of crank case explosions in industrial engines and developed an improved flame trap to confine any explosion, and so reduce the danger, should one occur.

Mr. Gurden

Can my hon. Friend tell me whether this flame trap would be a protection to the operators of these diesel engines?

Mr. Nicholls

Yes, Sir. The danger of burns to operators is reduced by the suppression of the discharge of flame through valves, thus providing a substantial measure of protection.

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