Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Today at Work #1; Electrostatic

The question;

Does rubbing an item of PPE on the jacket underneath create enough static to form a viable ignition source?

We needed an electroscope, but we didn't have one.

Enter 'The Mark I' - The Hair-Brained Electroscope

The Mark 1 Electroscope was created using rubber gloves, a large plastic paper clip and some human hair. I literally put myself into this prototype. We rubbed a well known static creating device (a rubber balloon) on the jacket in question.

It worked.

Mark II - 'The solder coil and foil technique'

The Mark two prototype was created (to be marginally more professional!) using a blank CD cartridge base, a length of solder, some electrical tape and a slice of expensive hi-tech aluminium foil. Same hi-tech static creating device and process.

It also worked.

(and looked better)

The final test was to ascertain whether an outer garment of PPE would generate enough static through rubbing on the underlying jacket to cause ignition through static discharge.

It couldn't even raise a smile!

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Irony is.....

.....alive and well in consumer hell. Branded tape outside brand's own store denying kids use of quarterpipe. Hardcore!
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Monday, 11 October 2010

All aboard the Skylark!

After another day of Arran Adventuring its time to head home on the 'Motor Vessel Caledonian Islessssss' as the camp safety announcement will tell me.
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