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Wed, Jul 11, 2007

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.11.07): Static Wick

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Static Wick

A device used to bleed accumulated static electrical charge off a control surface, and dissipate it into the air. The wick is made of graphite-impregnated cotton fibers, enclosed in a plastic tube. One end of the wick is connected to the trailing edge of the surface, with the other end in trailing behind in the air. As the airplane flies through the air, static electricity builds up on the control surfaces, travels through the static wick, and discharges into the air through the fibers.

FMI: www.physlink.com/Education/AskExperts/ae568.cfm

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