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Posted: 10/21/2001 8:36:35 AM EDT
I live directly over a flight zone for fighters making practice runs. sound barrier just broke and scared the piss out of me. (also have a refinery here) Still makes me smile when I realize what it is though
Link Posted: 10/21/2001 8:42:59 AM EDT
As the sign at NAS Whidbey island states "Please our noise, it is the sound of freedom"
Link Posted: 10/21/2001 8:56:29 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/21/2001 9:23:17 AM EDT
what is it with the southern states and gas explosions? I seam to remember back in the 70's there was a HUGE!!! blve (bottled liquid vapor explosion)in or near texas. It involved several rail road cars filled with lp gas and fire fighters from several states. I actualy saw a documentary about it in college it was some major jaw droping shit
Link Posted: 10/21/2001 9:30:44 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/21/2001 11:17:43 AM EDT
BLEVE - Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion. Means that the pressure of the boiling liquid inside a container is higher than the structural integrity of the container. (See what happens when you jack the right copies of FireHouse magazine from the hospital?) (boiling) you are correct sir, I was close though [:P] those 5+ story tall fireballs were pretty mean looking
Link Posted: 10/21/2001 11:33:56 AM EDT
Originally Posted By brouhaha: I once heard what I thought was either the SB being broken or a minor earthquake. Windows rattled, the door swung shut, a low rumbling. But nope, it wasn't either. Turns out there was an explosion about 50 miles away. Aparantly, gas leaked out of a junction that was sitting in a small valley. The gas ended up filling this valley, then a poor, hapless car drove thru setting it off. It was like a giant FAE. This was in Brenham, TX for those who may remember. I think it was around 1991.
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I was a senior at A&M when it happened. Woke us all up at our apartment complex. That was one major Kaboom.
Link Posted: 10/21/2001 12:08:32 PM EDT
According to my Chemical Engineering text book, BLEVE is when the pressure/temperature/volume of the substance contribute to the explosion. An LP tank exploding might be a BLEVE, but its main explosive force is not derived from the BLEVE part of the explosion, its from the chemical reaction that takes place in the substance For example, a hot water heater exploding is a BLEVE. An LP gas tank exploding is also a BLEVE, but the main contributor to the explosion is the propane combusting. Kharn
Link Posted: 10/21/2001 1:02:52 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/21/2001 1:41:55 PM EDT
And then there was the Bellingham, WA pipeline explosion. . . . [url]http://news.bellinghamherald.com/explosion/explosion_front.shtml[/url] [url]http://news.bellinghamherald.com/explosion/mushroom_cloud.htm[/url] [img]http://news.bellinghamherald.com/explosion/images/mushroom.jpg[/img] [img]http://news.bellinghamherald.com/explosion/images/fire%20copy.jpg[/img] Can't find any of the big images. These don't come anywhere close to showing what it looked like in the television news footage.
Link Posted: 10/22/2001 1:28:55 AM EDT
Check out the cool pic [url]ccfa.com[/url] has on their website. Shows an F18 breaking the sound barrier.
Link Posted: 10/22/2001 1:41:43 AM EDT
truely amazing pic, thanx
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