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The Iceberg Ship: A Cautionary Tale

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Nancy Golden
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Project Habakkuk
Nancy Golden   8/13/2014 5:44:02 PM
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Fascinating story about pykrete and its possibilities: Some guys never give up...

The History channel also did an interesting documentary on Project Habakkuk

Thanks for an interesting article. As often happens, the original design doesn't always work but we learn much along the way.

tekochip
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Target Fixation
tekochip   8/13/2014 3:57:41 PM
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If all they needed to do was add wood pulp, they could have been close to a solution for material, but the creep seems to have done them in.

 

It's easy as Engineers to get Target Fixation.  We want to solve the problem and even after the project has been scrubbed.  We still want to find the solutions and make the system work, because finding solutions is what we do.  I've taken to throwing damaged circuit boards away so I don't fall into the trap of trying to fix them even after it's clear that more time has been spent troubleshooting than the board was worth to begin with.

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Ice and wood pulp
pennyman1   8/13/2014 2:19:03 PM
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Does this mean we can now save the polar ice caps from melting by layering them with wood pulp? It worked to slow down the melt of the ice for the Brits, so, since there would be no aircraft pounding on the ice, it should work wonders. Getting the wood pulp there and spreading it may be an issue though...

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