Technical case study: Tony Cutler led the June 2000 investigation into a fatal haul truck tyre explosion that resulted from wood being left in a tyre. Prior to that incident all earthmover tyre explosions had been regarded as being pyrolysis related – heat decomposition of inner liner rubber of the tyre inflation chamber, creating an explosive gas mixture. This explosion occurred due to an entirely different mechanism – the diffusion of methanol from the drying out of wood left in the tyre inflation chamber. Click on the link below to read the case study.
Case study – Diffusion tyre explosion (posted 21 Oct 2016)