The crew over at Mythbusters show you what a rail tanker implosion looks like.
So Mythbusters aired an episode where they created a rail tanker implosion to show the world what this rare occurrence would look like.. I don’t really want to get into all that science stuff, but here is the the myth that Mythbusters were examining.
In the original story, two rail workers steam cleaned a rail tanker car at the end of the day, then sealed it up, closing every hole and hatch. It rained, cooling the steam and creating a temperature differential, which means the external pressure was greater than the internal pressure, and the steel tank caved in. But to recreate the effect required a lot of effort, finding someone willing to part with a tanker car for the test, locating somewhere safe to perform the experiment, and getting permits. It took the final season to bring everything together.
You can read the full article HERE.
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