Re: Tianjin Explosion

Postby Scotty on Fri 14/Aug/15 6:21pm

Fark, that second hit... the all that shit falling out of the sky. :cry:
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Re: Tianjin Explosion

Postby wachtourak on Fri 14/Aug/15 6:40pm

I just had a thought, I reckon jonkey did this, to stop all the chinese blokes spending money on our houses, now they have to spend it on fixing Tianjin instead. Housing crisis averted
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Re: Tianjin Explosion

Postby AgrAde on Fri 14/Aug/15 8:15pm

"The smiling assassin" indeed.
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Re: Tianjin Explosion

Postby znomit on Fri 14/Aug/15 8:45pm

It was a dust explosion from one of the many mountains of milk powder they are storing thereabouts.
http://www.baghouse.com/2013/10/15/intr ... baghouses/
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Re: Tianjin Explosion

Postby Wobbler on Fri 14/Aug/15 9:08pm

znomit wrote:It was a dust explosion from one of the many mountains of milk powder they are storing thereabouts.
http://www.baghouse.com/2013/10/15/intr ... baghouses/


So its fonterras fault then
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Re: Tianjin Explosion

Postby gristle on Fri 14/Aug/15 11:48pm

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pAW4mntPM-w

Unrelated but timeless... Half ton of explosives versus dead whale
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Re: Tianjin Explosion

Postby Fraser on Sat 15/Aug/15 1:41am

Seems as though the Ruihai logistics, explosives, machinery and seafood emporium dropped the ball when it came to safety. Image
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Re: Tianjin Explosion

Postby scatter on Sat 15/Aug/15 6:46am

Sounds like it was a ginormous acetylene bomb :o
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Re: Tianjin Explosion

Postby Scotty on Sun 16/Aug/15 7:43am

...with a bunch of cyanide mixed in. :cry:
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Re: Tianjin Explosion

Postby scatter on Sun 16/Aug/15 8:30am

A retired environmental official told reporters that air pollution posed no risk.

"At the moment, the (air pollution) does not pose much danger to those in the vicinity," said Bao Jingling, a former engineer with the city's environmental protection bureau.

Harmful substances could not be detected in the air from 17 monitors placed around the city, said Bao.


I wonder if their definition of "harmful" is different to ours :huh:
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Re: Tianjin Explosion

Postby scatter on Sun 16/Aug/15 8:32am

Interesting fact about calcium carbide....China is the only place in the world that use is increasing. The rest of the world is using it less and less (preferring to produce acetylene from cracking hydrocarbons)
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Re: Tianjin Explosion

Postby Scotty on Sun 16/Aug/15 8:34am

So why's China doing it that way? Is it cheaper? More readily available or something?

In other news: Holy shitballs.

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Re: Tianjin Explosion

Postby scatter on Sun 16/Aug/15 8:40am

It's cheaper than using oil. I think most of the acetylene goes into PVC production

I use a fair bit of acetylene in my research and it needs to be pure. So my choices are 1) generate it from calcium carbide or 2) purify it from a cylinder (it's dissolved in acetone) by passing it through concentrated sulfuric acid then concentrated sodium hydroxide. Guess which is my preferred option :huh:
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Re: Tianjin Explosion

Postby Derryn Hinch on Wed 19/Aug/15 4:39pm

I used to do a bit of caving back in the day. Carbide / acetylene lamps were the only practical lights for multi day missions.

A major form of entertainment was making carbide 'bombs' - carbide plus water in a 1.5 litre bottle, screw lid on and throw before spontaneous explosion / combustion occurs. Hours of fun for the kiddies.
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