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« Reply #30 on: May 14, 2013, 09:31:43 AM »

Okay, I'll ask.  In the b/w photo of the engine being run -- what's the stream of smoke/water/whatever being emitted by the little tub at the front of the photo and into the tunnel?  I doubt that it's a smoke trail to look for bumps in the aero, and if it's cooling water -- why not all around the engine?

Just checked with Joe the engineer who's working on the control box for the jet - here's the answer...
The engine has an oil system for lubrication. The oil its self as it passes round the engine becomes aerated, these bubbles of air need to be removed for correct function of the lubrication system. That pipe is the air that gets removed from the oil and dumped overboard, however the air removed also contains small amounts of oil in it, this is what gives it its colour.
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« Reply #31 on: May 14, 2013, 09:56:00 AM »

If you have a few spare hours, don't forget to check out the full set of pictures. 600 so far.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stefanmarjoram/sets/72157627819481179/
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« Reply #32 on: May 14, 2013, 10:34:16 AM »

If you have a few spare hours, don't forget to check out the full set of pictures. 600 so far.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stefanmarjoram/sets/72157627819481179/

If that ain't enough for you, just thumb through his work on his site.

http://www.stefanmarjoram.com/

Stefan, not only do you have the coolest job on the planet, you're damned good at it.  cheers
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« Reply #33 on: May 14, 2013, 11:04:23 AM »

That's jolly nice of you to say so - thanks very much!
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« Reply #34 on: May 20, 2013, 07:09:21 AM »

There was quite a funny conversation about the heaviest parts they'd designed to go on an F1 car - presumably to bring the car up to minimum weight with as low a C of G as possible. They were using some very strange metals like Osmium!

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I think i heard a remark regarding Osmium made by Martin Brundle years ago whilst watching coverage of the Formula 1. I wonder what purpose it is/was intended for on an F1 car or did some teams decide to venture into the fountain pen market. Adrian Newey is forever playing with a pen during a race. Just wondering..
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« Reply #35 on: June 12, 2013, 12:05:27 PM »

Last week I was treated to one of the most fascinating days of my life. I was at Otto Fuchs - the metal forging company famous for it's Porsche wheels. They're also forging the aluminium 'cheeses' which when machined will become the wheels for the Bloodhound SSC car. They need to be massively strong - forging rearranges the crystal structure of the metal - giving it a sort of 'grain' which prevents the item shattering should it get damaged. After my week of blacksmithing last year it was fascinating to see forging on such a massive scale. The hammers are huge (some are 30,000tonne) - extending just as far beneath the floor as they do above. The tongs are mounted on a truck - which the operator manipulates very skilfully. The hammer and anvil parts have burners inside to prevent them cooling the metal. The billet itself was heated up to 390ºC. After seeing several wheel blanks being made we were treated to an extraordinary tour of the factory - which was the size of a small town!


_FUCHS-1679 by Stefan Marjoram, on Flickr


_FUCHS-0692 by Stefan Marjoram, on Flickr
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« Reply #36 on: June 20, 2013, 11:41:06 PM »

It's an art form as old as modern civilization - A man, a fire, and metal, heated and pounded to the point of compliance.  Technology makes it safer and more efficient, but forging metal remains, both symbolically and viscerally, one of the most intriguing things humans do, or have ever done.

As always, Stefan - great photos.

You should join us at Speedweek - bill it out as research . . . 
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« Reply #37 on: August 29, 2013, 05:20:42 AM »

I wish I could have made it to Speedweek - it's top of my list of places to visit. We did have a fun few days at the Festival of Speed though and I got to see Campbell's amazing 300mph car for the first time...


FoS13-4082 by Stefan Marjoram, on Flickr

Meanwhile work on Bloodhound continues - mainly assembling the central 'trellis' section. This joins the upper and lower chassis and also features access panels for maintenance etc. Here we're also test fitting the top chassis frames which will house the jet and the air intake too...


btc2-5487 by Stefan Marjoram, on Flickr
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« Reply #38 on: September 01, 2013, 05:34:05 PM »

78 years on, and Bluebird still remains a touchstone.  cheers

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« Reply #39 on: November 21, 2013, 06:33:12 AM »

A few exciting things going on in the Bloodhound workshop at the moment. The upper chassis (which houses the jet) has been separated from the lower (for the rocket) and mounted on the assembly fixture.


btc2-6901 by Stefan Marjoram, on Flickr

The titanium stringers have been test-fitted to it. Once everything has been painted/coated the titanium skins will be shaped and the riveting can begin again…


team-7346 by Stefan Marjoram, on Flickr


Bloodhound SSC - upper chassis by Stefan Marjoram, on Flickr

The large components for the rear subframe have also arrived. This is what the rear wheels (and all the associated suspension parts) will be attached to…


btc2-7268 by Stefan Marjoram, on Flickr

Here's the workshop and EJ200 after everyone's gone home…


btc2-7273 by Stefan Marjoram, on Flickr


Bloodhound SSC - EJ200 Jet by Stefan Marjoram, on Flickr
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« Reply #40 on: November 21, 2013, 12:54:11 PM »

The better to see you my child.

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« Reply #41 on: November 21, 2013, 02:03:13 PM »

Great pictures, thanks for posting the update  cheers  Dean
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« Reply #42 on: November 22, 2013, 10:09:10 AM »

This is serious.  cheers
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« Reply #43 on: December 08, 2013, 01:33:49 AM »

Stefan

you make that metal dragon breathe fire before it has lungs. . . .

so VERY well done.

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« Reply #44 on: December 20, 2013, 09:46:40 PM »

See www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25426419  There is bloodhound info there.
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