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CLIP 10891

Ash and Aircraft

Ash and Aircraft
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Key Info
  • Ash and Aircraft
  • Duration: 00:44
  • An explanation of how airborne volcanic ash not only affects the jet engines of aeroplanes, but also affects the instrumentation. A pitot tube is used to measure an aircraft's speed relative to the surrounding air, but it can be clogged by volcanic ash, making it very hard to measure the speed that an aeroplane is travelling.
  • Subject:

    Science

       Topic:

    Chem: Earth and Environment

  • Keywords: volcano, volcanic, ash, pitot, pressure, BangGoesTheTheory, particulates, carbon
Ideas for use in class
  • As a stimulus when discussing how environmental factors can affect aeroplanes. Clip 40 from the Bang Goes the Theory teachers pack. To download the pdf please go to bbc.co.uk/schools/teachers/bang/.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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