Watch GE Torture-Test Supermaterials In The Most Vicious Ways

Watch GE Torture-Test Supermaterials in the Most Vicious Ways

The heat of an active volcano. A 2200kg weight dropped from above. A sandstorm that lasts ten years. These are just some of the ways GE torture-tests the super-strong materials that go into jet engines, wind turbines and more. And thanks to the company's fascinating YouTube channel, we get an up-close view of the process. No safety goggles required.

A 10-Year Sandstorm Packed Into One Minute

Tiny particles of aluminium oxide, blasted across a metal surface at over 240km/h, to see how anti-abrasion coatings stand up to a decade of desert conditions. Talk about gritty.

2200kg of Pressure

2200kg of force will tell you exactly how much a material can take. But those glass-fibre and carbon-fibre planks both take it like champs.

Life in a Volcano

927C, plus a cool 45,000kg of pressure. You'd think that kind of environment would make anything disintegrate, but as it turns out, that treatment only makes these alloys stronger. Life inside a jet engine will be a breeze after this.

Check out GE's YouTube channel for even more glorious material science and torture testing. It's not sadism, it's science! [YouTube]