Static generation

Australia, 1980

Film

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.

Please note: As this is an archival work, the content does not reflect current practice or standards. Professional advice for up-to-date safety practices should be sought from the appropriate contemporary authority.

Where to watch/play

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Credits

production company

Mobil Oil Australia

Monash University

Duration

00:08:38:00

Production places
Australia
Production dates
1980

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

015656

Language

English

Subject categories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Industrial safety

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Petroleum

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Safety education, Industrial

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Victoria - Social conditions

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Educational films

Educational & Instructional → Instructional

History → Victoria - History

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Electricity

Places → Victoria

Short films

Short films → Short films - Australia

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

MPEG-4 Digital File; ACMI Digital Access Copy - overscan

MPEG-4 Digital File; ACMI Digital Access Copy - presentation

MOV file ProRes4444; Digital Preservation Master - overscan

MOV file ProRes4444; Digital Preservation Master - presentation

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