Sometimes It Just Doesn’t Make Sense

I had a crazy dream last night.  By crazy, I mean the following mantra was applied:

There are very few problems that cannot be solved by the suitable application of high explosives.

Overall there’s nothing wrong with the above statement.  The reason it is crazy is because it violated all laws of physics.  Here’s how it went down:

I’m called on site for some issue a utility is having with a recloser.  For some reason they ground only two phases of the recloser while working on it.  The third phase, for what ever reason was packed with explosives and detonated… this fixed the problem.  It’s crazy because it defied all laws of physics since the recloser wasn’t rendered to its molecular components.

Now it is worth noting though, explosives are used in the power system.

Had I been involved in that, or shock testing, things would have been a lot more normal and note worthy.

It’s a bummer I cannot find a way to combine my job with the above, that would just be AWESOME!

Getting back to the dream, using explosives and not annihilating a complex mechanical mechanism just doesn’t seem right.

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2 Responses to Sometimes It Just Doesn’t Make Sense

  1. Rolf says:

    I like the puff of smoke that goes up the stack on the Osprey at 0:47 from the blast. It would be interesting to see footage from the interior, using a well-stabilized camera, of the hull nearest the detonation. It didn’t look like it did much, but the below-the-waterline dry-dock pics might look very different. Water is incompressible, so the shock wave can do a lot, even at a distance.

    • Barron says:

      As the systems are running during the test, my immediate guess was that something cause the diesels to spin up. Either an electrical fault or something else. I have seen video from inside some of the at sea tests for destroyer’s which remain manned during the test.