Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The curious instance of batteries ablaze in the Air Traffic Control Tower at Chennai Airport

The Details of an Analysis of the Battery Fire at ATC, Chennai on 11 March 2013 at 21 hrs UTC.
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NDTV report extract: "The battery bank area of the ATC tower was engulfed in fire following an explosion in the UPS (uninterruptible power supply) system of the battery bank in the technical equipment room that supplies power to advance surface movement guidance and control system at around 2.20 am...."

 The Analysis taking the cumulative effects of the World's Dams.
 Copyright  2013 Ramaswami Ashok Kumar
The battery bank caught fire after the surges of dynamic disequilibrium water moment changes of the world's dams taken together were moving from a damquake(an earthquake caused by dams(2)) at Anza California at the epicentre 33.508, -116.476 to a damquake at Southern Italy at the epicentre 39.29, 18.73. On the way, the surges struck the ATC Tower Chennai's foundation located at 12.9823,80.1638. This caused the foundation to be subject to extreme heat which was conducted through the steel framework rapidly to the battery bank structure which was subject to intense heat and resulted in the inflammatory material in the batteries to possibly catch fire and  its thermal runaway(1)(2).  
The distance from the epicentre at Anza to the ATC at Chennai is 14543 km. The distance from the ATC at Chennai to the epicentre in Southern Italy is 6646 km. The distance from the Italian epicentre via the Chennai ATC to Anza epicentre is thus 14543+ 6646= 21189 km. The Anza quake took place on 2013-03-11 at time 20:15:36 UTC, while that in Southern Italy occurred at 20:55:27 UTC, the time difference between the two thus being 40.45 minutes. Taking the time difference between the Anza quake and the ATC fire to be proportional to the two distances, we get the time difference to be (14543/21189)x40.45=
27.59 minutes. Thus the time of occurrence of the ATC fire is time of occurrence of the Anza quake + time difference Anza to ATC,Chennai = 20:15: 36 + 27m 35.45 s or 20:42:35.45. Chennai time =UTC+5:30= 20:42:35.45 + 5:30 = 2:12:35.45 on 12 March 2013. The report above states that the fire was noticed around 2:20 on 12 March 2013. Taking note of the characteristics of thermal runaway of the battery bank(1), we can say that this is an entirely highly probable explanation because we can also infer about the truth from similar damquake related reports here which underwent the same type of analysis(3). The reported time of such earthquake related events and the calculated times based on dam surge analysis coincide without fail!
(1) Lithium-ion Batteries: Hazard and Use Assessment: Link at

(2) R. Ashok Kumar. 2005. Earthquakes caused by dams. Link at

(3) R. Ashok Kumar. 2008. Collaterals of Climate Change. Link at

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