a reply to: Glassbender777
its amazing. all of it.
the ship. the motor. the shipyard itself.
just think of the logistics involved in getting the ship into the dock. then getting the containers off the ship on some organized fashion. then
unloading the containers.
when humans are not busy killing people and getting drunk, and playing on facebook they can do some amazing things.
that motor is what fascinates me. the casting and machining that had to be done. the actual construction of it.
some amazing tolerances.
even with all the force on the pistons, cylinder wall wear is only 0.03mm for 1,000 hours.
that alone is a marvel of the engineering
the stroke(how far it travels up/down) of the piston(there are 14 of them) is just over 8 feet.
i would love to see that in real life.
one of the coolest things ive seen as far as engineering probably wont impress most but it did me.
i used to inspect castings for a company called ariel based out of columbus. my foundry poured them. i would inspect them for defects and tolerances
to make sure it was within their guidelines.
anyway, each casting was 1 half of a motor block. it was about 5 feet long...it weighed about 10k pounds. had to inspect the race for the crank among
once ariel got it they machined it and assembled it.
they brought me down to the plant once to check out their process and they had an assembled and running finished engine.
the balance on the motor was perfect. they would balance a dime on its edge while it was running do demonstrate the tolerance to people.
that just blew me away. when assembled they would ship them to russia to run compressors in a natural gas pipeline.
it was awesome man
this is a pic from their website of the completed assembly
a link to it
we used to pour most of those parts. the piece in the middle with the crank running through it is what i used to inspect.
dont mean to hijack and ramble but things like this fascinate me.
a larger version. this one puts out 10k horses
edit on 22-12-2014 by Grovit because: (no reason given)