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26 Examples Of Amazing Machinery [Pic]

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


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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Male, 40-49, Europe
 12388 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.

Male, 40-49, Europe
 12388 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:

Female, 30-39, Western US
 1463 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.

Female, 18-29, Europe
 66 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.

Male, 40-49, Europe
 2833 Posts
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 4:16:31 AM
Things of beauty there.

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