Static generation

Australia, 1980

A still image from Static generation

This 1980 film demonstrates the importance of using a static wire when transferring petrol and other flammable liquids. The instructional film uses an animation to explain how electric charges build up on the surface of the petrol as it is being transferred, and if there is no static wire to earth the charges, an explosion will occur. The film then shows footage of petrol tankers being filled, while earthed with a static wire, and small test runs of petrol being transferred from bucket to bucket, and the static charge that results. It also includes footage of a large explosion, indicating the severity of not following the procedure.

Produced by Mobil Oil Australia in conjunction with the Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University.

The colour is faded throughout the film.

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Mobil Oil Australia

Monash University



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16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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MOV file ProRes4444; Digital Preservation Master - presentation

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