Saturday, January 03, 2009

The Lines

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2 comments:

Ron said...

Aqua :

Something caught my attention here. You said that sensors are embedded in the masts to guage stress to prevent failures? Really? Can you give me some examples? Maybe some literature, webpage etc?

And you seem less pessimistic about it. I understand because these devices only give you the warnings, they cant prevent the catastrophic failure in CF.

Grant said...

Hi Ron,

Thanks for the comment.

I read David Kaplan's "Mine's Bigger" about the Maltese Falcon.

Basically optics are embedded in the carbon fiber masts - I found a reference which explains it better than I can : here

It's clear that the tolerances of the material can be identified, and yes, once pushed the CF will blow out. But the sensor is supposed to warn ahead of time.