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26 Examples Of Amazing Machinery [Pic]

Hits: 9821 | Rating: (3.8) | Category: Misc. | Added by: kitteh9lives
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Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11644 Posts
Tuesday, October 01, 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
 11644 Posts
Tuesday, October 01, 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
 1462 Posts
Tuesday, October 01, 2013 1:08:48 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
 66 Posts
Tuesday, October 01, 2013 4:35:03 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
 2631 Posts
Tuesday, October 01, 2013 4:16:32 AM
Things of beauty there.

Kain1
Male, 18-29, Europe
 1463 Posts
Tuesday, October 01, 2013 3:26:42 AM
Most definitely awesome !

Tiredofnicks
Male, 30-39, Europe
 4932 Posts
Tuesday, October 01, 2013 1:36:15 AM
alpensepp: Amen to that!

Verenthi: They exist in several places, however with our current tech they don't break even energy-wise (not to mention economically).

alpensepp
Male, 70 & Over, Europe
 1376 Posts
Monday, September 30, 2013 11:08:03 PM
Homo sapiens, drat yeah!

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33911 Posts
Monday, September 30, 2013 10:58:50 PM

CrakrJak
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 17301 Posts
Monday, September 30, 2013 10:56:22 PM
Speaking of which, one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite bands. Video

Sorry about the foreign video link, but apparently that specific video is banned on youtube, dailymotion, vimeo and other places. Why? I don't know.

turbotong
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 603 Posts
Monday, September 30, 2013 10:31:12 PM
Large-scale excavator looks like a scene from Transformers

CrakrJak
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 17301 Posts
Monday, September 30, 2013 10:30:56 PM
Having stood next to those Apollo Saturn V engines, in Houston, they are jaw droppingly huge.

Dead-Kittens
Male, 30-39, Canada
 986 Posts
Monday, September 30, 2013 9:32:04 PM
@briancas Read a fact in an encyclopedia once...SWEET JESUS IT WAS in a DIFFERENT ONE TOO? o.o

patchouly
Male, 40-49, Canada
 4632 Posts
Monday, September 30, 2013 8:17:43 PM
Love these!

carmium
Female, 50-59, Canada
 6406 Posts
Monday, September 30, 2013 6:56:07 PM
747: Our local coal port has a new stacker/reclaimer which is much the same thing, and it is eNORmous! I built a model of the coal operations for the company, and nobody could believe how huge the new one is next to the old machine, which is huge and only half its size!

LemonCurry
Male, 40-49, Asia
 1043 Posts
Monday, September 30, 2013 6:36:47 PM
pic 1:

"Concert hall manager Peter M. Holloway inspecting Led Zeppelin's sound equipment, moments before being blasted into Rock'n'Roll heaven ..."

Runemang
Male, 30-39, Midwest US
 2669 Posts
Monday, September 30, 2013 6:35:31 PM
Some day I would love to see one of those Large-scale excavators in real life. They just look so unreal-huge.

LemonCurry
Male, 40-49, Asia
 1043 Posts
Monday, September 30, 2013 6:32:44 PM
tech pron ... alright!

handimanner
Male, 60-69, Western US
 1882 Posts
Monday, September 30, 2013 6:25:03 PM
Borg toys, cool.

Jake_Justus
Male, 50-59, Eastern US
 5477 Posts
Monday, September 30, 2013 6:15:58 PM

Amazing objects, though many of them are a megalophobe's nightmare.

747Pilot
Male, 18-29, Canada
 1103 Posts
Monday, September 30, 2013 6:05:43 PM
I never saw that open pit miner thing before.. that thing looks massive. I wouldn't mind having my own personal boring machine, i'd make some pretty cool underground highways. But it would be even better if we could get something like minecraft, with a few chops a 1m cube is gone from the ground, and in your pocket, a mixture of star trek and i dream of Genie (her bottle)

Verenthi
Male, 18-29, Canada
 46 Posts
Monday, September 30, 2013 5:55:22 PM
Prototype containment for a fusion reactor? Sweet!

kitteh9lives
Female, 70 & Over, Eastern US
 1460 Posts
Monday, September 30, 2013 3:46:41 PM
Link: 26 Examples Of Amazing Machinery [Pic] [Rate Link] - The beauty of function, form and engineering. Who knew it was possible to get turned on by metal?


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