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GLX
5th Jan 2002, 18:33
Can any one tell me why a bootstrap resevoir is called such?

GotTheTshirt
5th Jan 2002, 19:12
Usually part of main (hydraulic)resevoir separate from the rest of the fluid by a stack pipe. This allows the fluid to be used by all services until it gets down to the stack pipe and then only essential services ( like landing gear) can use the fluid remaining.
Called Bootstrap as in "pulling ones self up by ones bootstraps" ie last bit of effort.

As a matter of interest most big pistons had the same arrangement in the oil tanks to reserve the last of the oil to feather the prop. <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

GLX
5th Jan 2002, 20:30
GTTS,

Thanks, so simple and now easily remembered.