Compensated Fuel Quantity Tank Unit

Technical Information

Catalogue No: C0434
Category: Fuel Systems
Object Type: Sensor/Transducer
Object Name: Compensated Fuel Quantity Tank Unit
Part No: FG250 A 53
Serial No: UK 422/72
Manufacturer: Elliott Bros
Division: Unknown
Year of Manufacture: circa 1972
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Location: Archive Object Store

Manufactured by Elliott Bros (London) Limited
Under Licence from Honeywell Inc.
Stock No. 6A/2206911
Spec No.
Mfr Part No. FG250 A 53
Serial No. U.K. 422/72
Tank Unit Fuel Quantity Compensated
Order No.


These Fuel Tank Gauges work on a capacitive system whereby the tank unit is the capacitor and the fuel is a variable dielectric. The electronic circuits are calibrated to transmit this as a tank quantity.
The ‘Pacitor’ system seems to have been made by a number of companies such as Simmonds Aerocessories of London who advertised the product in 1952 and in that year they acquired Firth Cleveland Instruments and as that became the overall company name from 1953 onwards they are found under the Firth Cleveland Instruments name. Elliott Bros purchased Firth Cleveland Instruments in 1961 and continued the brand from the Treforest works where they also made Flowmeters and Test sets for these. The former were used with the Beverley, Belvedere, Argosy 660 and long-range Britannia, while the latter were for fuel-flow systems in the refuelling portion of the Valiant tanker and in the Javelin, Buccaneer, Scimitar, Sea Vixen and Sea Venom
In addition Elliotts seem to be making Tank Units under a licence from Honeywell which may be because the improved design was covered by a US Patent.

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