Watch A Tanker Completely Implode In Slow Motion

Watch a Tanker Completely Implode in Slow Motion

Video: The tanker in the video is 20m long with a 3m diameter and can hold up to 113,562L of liquid. It's made of thick steel and weighs 30,391kg and yet it can be crushed with just the sweet simple science of air pressure. Watch as the gang at Mythbusters made the giant tanker implode in glorious slow motion. It just gets obliterated like it's barely a Coke can. All that's really needed to destroy the tanker is a difference in pressure. Get it hot enough inside the tanker and then let it cool and boom, collapse.

And here's a bit of the science behind the implosion too:


    "All that’s really needed to destroy the tanker is a difference in pressure. Get it hot enough inside the tanker and then let it cool and boom, collapse."

    If you had actually bothered to watch the episode, you would know that this is wrong.

    It's not all air pressure in the case of the tanker- gravity is playing a big role too. That tube shape is kept ridged because of its geometry, but once that is disrupted (because of the pressure in this case), it sags down under its own weight, assisting the pressure collapse further.

    Worth noting Mythbusters were only able to get this occur after compromising the structure of the tanker. They were unable to cause this to occur on a normal tank.

    Also. They did not use the method that they were testing in the myth. They had to resort to using an industrial vacum to get the results shown above. It is almost impossible under the conditions mentioned in the myth for the tank to implode

    Last edited 23/01/16 8:00 pm

      The industrial vacuum didn't get the pressure down as far as they did with the steam.

    We did this experiment at school but with much better results get a Coke can put abit of water in it, bring it to the boil then flip it upside down and drop it in an ice bath. Instantaneous results.

    Still not as fun as the exploding milo tin...

    Punch holes, one in the bottom side edge and one in the centre of the lid on top. Completely fill the can with natural gas using the bunsen burner hose in the side hole, then remove - and turn the gas off. Light the gas exiting through the hole in the top of the lid and wait.

    Eventually the gas/air ratio reaches the explosive limit and boom goes the can with the lid flying. Probably no longer allowed at high school but was impressive enough for year 9 science in the 70's.

    This video shows future science teachers in the making learning the technique:

    Now lets see Mythbusters do that with the tanker!

    Last edited 25/01/16 12:36 am

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