Bloodhound Gets Shot at as Panels Are Put to the Test

The folks over at bloodhound have released a video showing how they test their safety shell and protect the driver if a rock were to strike the cabin or a wheel explodes whilst reaching speeds of 1000 mph.

At 1,000mph, the car’s solid aluminium wheels will be spinning at 10,200 rpm, that’s rotating at 170 times per second, generating an amazing 50,000 radial g at the rim. A 1kg bag of sugar at the centre of the wheel would weigh 50 tonnes, the same as a fully loaded artic lorry at the rim.

Whilst the wheels have been forged using a 3,600 tonne hot press and a 20,000 cold press to ensure the metals internal grain structure radiates out like the spokes of a wheel, they could still fail if they hit stone hidden beneath the desert surface.

If a piece of the wheel were to fly off, or indeed a stone lying just under the surface of the desert were to flick up, they could penetrate the incredibly strong carbon composite cockpit.

To combat this, Morgan Advanced Materials have developed a lightweight composite ballistic panel, containing millions of woven glass fibres to soak up the energy of projectiles that hit them. The panels have been fitted to both sides of the carbon fibre cockpit to protect driver, Andy Green.

In order to test the panels to make sure they are up to the job, Morgan Advanced Materials fired a projectile at them with the equivalent force of a cricket ball travelling 2000 mph.

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5 comments

  1. Mike Brooka 3 years ago

    I still ponder why there is not water injection. 5-10% should help a bit. I would think in the pre- combustive.

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  2. onesimpleclik 3 years ago

    impressive engineering. that cannon is something else though haha

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  3. Oussama Erraji 3 years ago

    What if the wheel just destroys it self?

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  4. Samuel Smeltzer 3 years ago

    wow, that high speed footage was just breathtaking.

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  5. MikeVonDoom 3 years ago

    The amount of work, the effort to build such machine, and all just to run once and break a record!I don’t want to be misinterpreted, this is an impressive machine and it will accomplish much but comparing to another British project, such as Reaction Engines, I find the Skylon space plane and Sabre engine way more interesting and it will revolutionize space travelling!

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