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China Invents 500KMH Coffin

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 27, 2011


Is it just me or does the new chinese high speed death by record breaking speed train, look like the ancient coffin pictured hereImage?

 

 look like the ancient coffin pictured here? At least in the photo below the guy had a shield with which to protect himself…..

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photo from here http://www.sacred-texts.com/ane/mba/mba15.htm

2 Responses to “China Invents 500KMH Coffin”

  1. Brewskie said

    Scary. From the angle presented in the picture, it looks like a vulture ominously thinking about the corpses it’ll feed on…

    I heard from someone the Chinese laid down “better” track to give a burst of speed so the train could break the record.

    Reality check on China’s high-speed network:

    http://topics.scmp.com/news/china-news-watch/article/Judgment-day-fears-for-high-speed-rail-tracks

    “Construction of the mainland’s massive high-speed rail network is in danger of becoming a victim of its own success.

    The breakneck speed at which track is being laid means engineers are likely to have to sacrifice quality for quantity on the lines’ foundations which could ultimately halve their lifespan.

    The problem lies in the use of high-quality fly ash, a fine powder chemically identical to volcanic ash, collected from the chimneys of coal-fired power plants. When mixed with cement and gravel, it can give the tracks’ concrete base a lifespan of 100 years.

    According to a study by the First Survey and Design Institute of China Railways in 2008, coal-fired power plants on the mainland could produce enough high-quality fly ash for the construction of 100 kilometres of high-speed railway tracks a year.

    But more than 1,500 kilometres of track have been laid annually for the past five years. This year 4,500 kilometres of track will be laid with the completion of the world’s longest high-speed railway line, between Beijing and Shanghai. Fly ash required for that 1,318-kilometre line would be more than that produced by all the coal-fired power plants in the world.

    […]

    But Zhu Ming – a researcher at Southwest Jiaotoing University’s School of Civil Engineering who experimented with fly ash at a Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway construction site last year – was even more pessimistic.

    The use of low-quality fly ash would threaten the safety of rail passengers and “judgment day” might come sooner than expected, Zhu said.

    ‘Quality problems with Chinese high-speed railways will arise in five years,’ he said. ‘I’m not talking about small problems, but big problems. Small problems such as occasional cracks and slips that delay trains for hours have already occurred. Big problems that will postpone an entire line for days, if not weeks, will come soon.

    When that happens, the miracle of Chinese high-speed rail will be reduced to dust.’ “

  2. Brewskie said

    A lad made noticed what high-speed train is made of and made this remark:

    “actually, as an avid bike rider I could tell you that carbon fiber and magnesium frames are horrible choices. Both type of materials aged out easily on bike frames (5 – 10 years life). Compare this with Aluminum, Chromium-Molbydenum alloy, and Titanium alloys, these materials would last forever.”

    Typical of China. She steals the technology from German and Japanese companies, such as Siemens AG and Kawasaki, who were stupid enough to curry favor, but still can’t nail it.

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