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Old 13th Jan 2009, 21:10
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If we could teach the ants to walk on treadmills and generating electricity then we wouldn't need the windmills..
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Old 13th Jan 2009, 22:42
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maybe the treadmills could be replaced by one large conveyor belt at the equator
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Old 14th Jan 2009, 14:32
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Warning Thread Drift!

So how about wiring up all the treadmills in all the gyms around the country to feed electricity back into the national grid
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Old 16th Jan 2009, 12:25
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Failed sensor caused ice shards

BBC NEWS | England | Cambridgeshire | Failed sensor caused ice shards

The failure of a sensor to halt a giant wind turbine when temperatures fall is blamed for shards of ice crashing into nearby homes in Cambridgeshire.

The Cornwall Light and Power 80m (262ft) turbine was put up in August, near an industrial estate and close to homes in King's Dyke, Whittlesey.

On 29 November chunks of ice started crashing into gardens.

An investigation revealed a sensor had failed. Now the turbines will shut down if temperatures drop below 4C (38F).

Neil Harris, chief executive at Cornwall Light & Power, said: "We have conducted a thorough investigation into what happened and how to ensure the safe operation of the turbine during icy conditions.

"The sensor that we had been advised to rely upon in stopping the turbine under icy conditions did not perform as expected.

"We have proposed the turbine is automatically stopped if temperatures drop below 4C.

"New equipment will then be installed which will detect the formation of ice on the blades, and which will stop the turbine operating.

"We have gone into great detail with the turbine manufacturer and have kept the Health and Safety Executive informed throughout.

"We have also met with local residents and businesses to explain this and to advise that the turbine will be operational again."

PS. It gets worse. From a related web.

A spokesman said the turbine should have worked at temperatures as low as -20C and the company wants to find out what caused the ice to form and what went wrong.

I can't imagine.
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Old 16th Jan 2009, 13:40
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How did people manage in prop driven aircraft, eh?
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Old 10th Feb 2009, 08:38
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Sorry folks the aliens didn't do it..Report out today says material fatigue in the region of the blade securing bolts caused the bolts to fail.. Investigations continue..
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Old 10th Feb 2009, 08:45
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Probably fake poor quality tin bolts made in China,apparently the Aviation industry is worried about faked Chinese nuts and bolts holding the wings on 747s and such.
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Old 10th Feb 2009, 08:48
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Metal fatigue caused by aliens urinating on it?

Big business is bogus aircraft parts. Loads of mullah being made there.
Those would be Jesus nuts Mr. D.
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Old 10th Feb 2009, 09:05
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Well now that you mention bogus bits.
Back in the 80's we discovered fake brake pads had been delivered to our Engineering stores. They were taken away and tested to destruction alongside genuine parts.
Guess which performed best?

You got it give that man a coconut!

The fake parts came out best in four (4) out of five (5) tests

Unfortuantely we were unable to trace the source of the bougus bits and were therefore unable to set up an account with the dodgy supplier meaning that we had to continue to pay enormously inflated prices for inferior 'genuine' parts.
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Old 10th Feb 2009, 09:34
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As one who has been involved in manufacturing (and marketing) of 'pattern parts' for vehicle brakes (friction linings and pads) I can state that there is good and bad.
Our company did back-to-back tests on dynamometers and selected from a wide range of materials that were also supplied as original equipment to major vehicle manufacturers (where extensive vehicle tests by both ourselves and the vehicle manufacturer were carried out). Other suppliers fabricated so-called friction materials that were unstable when subjected to arduous use or used materials that were inadequate for the duty levels.
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Old 10th Feb 2009, 17:26
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Golly Gosh!
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Old 10th Feb 2009, 22:17
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Other suppliers fabricated so-called friction materials that were unstable when subjected to arduous use
Like the spate of vehicle fires caused by the hardboard brake shoes being sold by some ingenious entrepreneurs who discovered that the pattern embossed into the back side of the decorative building material to provide a key while gluing, matched the surface finish of a certain Brake makers product.
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