Sorry Mike, but I'm going to have to disagree with you on this one.... You say there's zero data to show the PP is more dangerous than other methods of fueling? The whole point of this thread was to discuss the one which just exploded. And as far as the "bunch of opinions" goes, we have heard from people who have not only been in the sport for many more years than you and work in an industry where he "knows" the physics and engineering of pressure vessels (I have to take MyShot for his word). If anything, this conversation and the input from many who have vastly more desert racing experience, and some knowledge of pressure vessels should be taken as an opportunity to look into not only the topic of safety in fueling but possibly a standardized fueling method in the future, for not only safety of participants and volunteers but the spectators. Not to mention the sport continuing rather possibly than being shut down. I have been in the sport since the early 90's and have used just about every method of fueling available,(some over the years were pretty sketchy I might add) except a PP and I gotta say when I first saw one I immediately thought no way I will never use one. Having a pressurized vessel full of fuel in an uncontrolled environ like the desert does not sit well with me. Towers were bad enough, but add pressurization to the mix and I'm out. But that's just me.
I realize you have a vested interest in continuing to use the PP as you made an investment in purchasing one, but it is clear you've just gotten defensive on the topic or are stickling your head in the sand.
There is no data or known cases of PP failure when used properly. The topic of this thread was a system that was modified. The fact is the PRV was actually doing its job and working fine, right before they defeated it. So I am correct that this is zero data to show PP is unsafe when used properly. In fact we have mounds of usage and data that proves it is safe when used properly.
I am not defensive because I have a vested interest. I paid more for my dump cans and transfer pumps than I did for the PP. I am just arguing because I know what I am talking about and have used all the fueling options this sport has to offer. I feel PP is the safest of all and clearly over 80 teams agree with me. I think you guys assume its just about speed and thats not the case.
When I heard about this failure I was ready to stop using the PP or making mods to fix the problem. When I found out it was used improperly I was again happy with my my PP. So to say I only defend it is because of money is wrong. I am the only one on here that has used all types of fueling including PP and I am the only one dumb enough to post on here. LOL
Some of you guys just don't have the experience or information to know what you are talking about. You read some of the post and respond like you have some value to add. Fact is the ones racing and spending the money are picking what they use. Not a bunch of guys on the internet. This topic went from good intentions and could have been productive to a bunch of nonsense. Comparing our sport to Nascar or Formula one is a waste of time. We still have guys fueling with dump cans in shorts and T-shirts, where is the thread about that?