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Thermite vs. large (barrel-sized) block of ice - Jason Lindquist
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Thermite vs. large (barrel-sized) block of ice

Does anyone know the German for "flawless victory"?

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nekosensei From: nekosensei Date: January 14th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Umm...do you speak German? What are they saying? I have no idea what they're trying to prove here.
jlindquist From: jlindquist Date: January 15th, 2007 12:16 am (UTC) (Link)
They're setting off a thermite reaction on top of a large chunk of ice. Which makes the ice explode. I imagine the 2500° C heat from the thermite reaction melts a hole in the middle of the ice block, melting and boiling the ice in the center of the block to steam at an rate so fast, the outward steam pressure is so great it explodes the block.

Also cool: the related Braniac (British TV show) clip using a thermite charge to blow up a car. A French car.
jonroma From: jonroma Date: January 15th, 2007 02:10 am (UTC) (Link)
I would recommend Vollendet Sieg or Fehlerlos Sieg. The first implies the masterful nature of the victory, while the second translates literally as "victory without mistake". A native German speaker would have his/her own opinion, but I tend to prefer the first form.

Incidentally, the German word Fehl in its various forms (mistake, falseness, shortage, etc.) is the origin of to the English "fallible" and "failure".

My German skills are quite weak, but I could understand various parts of the video, including one where they correctly point out that thermite is used to weld railroad track.

Incidentally, all those crazed masses shouting "Sieg Heil!" at Hitler in the period films seen on the History Channel were shouting "Hail to the victor".
szasz From: szasz Date: January 15th, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I caught some of it... it was never clear to me what the deal was with the mimed house with nothing but a front door in Finland, though. The bit at the end is an explanation of what happened; that iron oxide readily gives up its oxygen to aluminum in a hugely exothermic reaction which produces molten metallic iron. This then melted through the bottom of the paint can and started a trip down into the block of ice, which eventually exploded because of the huge amounts of steam being generated.

Pretty cool. They used to demonstrate a thermite reaction in Chem 101 and at EOH, until there was an explosion that injured a bunch of moms and dads sitting in the front row.
jlindquist From: jlindquist Date: January 15th, 2007 03:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Odd... I forget who my Chem 101 professor was (it wasn't Zumdahl,) but I do remember he put a plexiglas shield in front of his setup. And used the thermite to melt a small plastic figurine dressed in Indiana red, which he dubbed Bobby Knight. I'm surprised the EOH demonstration wasn't adequately protected.
szasz From: szasz Date: January 15th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Apparently they'd been dropping the molten iron into a bucket of water (!) for years and it was considered safe. I'm not sure exactly what physical process is at work that keeps the water from exploding, but that's how they did it. What happened at EOH was that the vessel the water was in shattered, and it went downhill from there.
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