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26 Examples Of Amazing Machinery [Pic]



Five F-1 engines of the Saturn V (Dr. von Braun stands nearby)



TEREX RH400



Propellers of The Titanic c. 1912



The worlds largest-diameter tunnel boring machine



Peacekeeper ICBM guidance module, 1986



'Heidi' the 4,500 horsepower boring machine as she breaks through at the final section of Gotthard Base Tunnel, the worlds longest rail tunnel.



A brand new HD750, GE CT Scanner



A naked Porsche Carrera GT



One hell of a beautiful generator... sexy even.



A rotary snowplow locomotive in St. Louis



Boeing wing stress testing



Twin turbo Lamborghini Gallardo



KRAZ truck with a MIG-15 turbojet engine



Siemens HVDC transformer



Large Hadron Collider



JET Project Tokamak Fusion Reactor



Nuclear Steam Turbine



Large-scale excavator at a lignite open pit mine



Lufthansa 747-800. GEnx Engines



Lexus LFA 8-Speed Transmission



Higgs Boson Particle Detector



The top of the W-16 block from a Bugatti Veyro



Dark matter liquid xenon detector



Inside a hydroelectric turbine



2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S Flat-Six



Taisun, the worlds strongest crane, preparing to lower an oil platform onto its pontoons, Yantai, China

The beauty of function, form and engineering. Who knew it was possible to get turned on by metal?

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Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 10534 Posts
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 5:12:03 PM
Ah, IAB's bugs ate part of a post again. Here`s the link to a brief article on ITER. It`s late and over budget, of course, but it is being built right now.

The first photo shows the difference in scale.

Big. Very big.


Actual fusion power stations are still probably 40 years away, though. ITER is still a test facility and it`s far too expensive to use as a power station even if it was capable of sustained fusion at a high enough efficiency (which it won`t be).

But it is impressive and promising that multiple national governments have been co-operating on the project for 40 years and plan to continue it for 40 more.

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 10534 Posts
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 5:07:13 PM
[quote">Prototype containment for a fusion reactor? Sweet![/quote">

It's fully functional, several generations on from the first ones and has been running for 30 years.

The main problem is still the same, though - creating the conditions in which fusion can occur requires more energy than can be obtained from the fusion. JET holds the record, but it`s nowhere near sustainable breakeven point. It`s a research facility. It got to about 65% for a fraction of a second (q=~0.65). You need about q=10 sustained indefinitely for a viable power station.

But they`ve learned a lot from JET and are currently building ITER, a far bigger facility that`s the next step...and that should be able to reach q=10 for brief periods.

You`ve seen the photo of JET in this list. Here`s a photo of the foundation for the same structure in ITER, taken from much further away:


Magentab0b
Female, 30-39, Western US
 1453 Posts
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 1:08:47 PM
I think I got to see one of those HVDC transformers being transported to a new "power station." I had a mildly insane urge to lick it.

rburridge
Female, 18-29, Europe
 63 Posts
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 4:35:02 AM
Wow, incredible.
Studying towards a degree in automotive engineering i can only hope that one day i will be involved in designing such incredible machines.

Vimto
Male, 40-49, Europe
 2352 Posts
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 4:16:31 AM
Things of beauty there.

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