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As you may recall, I have been looking for uses for a former
at the Maxwell estate. I decided, in the end, to use part of it for
trebuchet evaluation range, and the remainder for the
of a vertical wind-tunnel (a.k.a. skydiving simulator).
Mrs. MaxwellBuchanan didn't
object to the trebuchet range (as
as I don't make the same mistake I did last time), but wasn't keen
the vertical wind-tunnel. "Couldn't we have another ornamental
with fountains?" she said. She also pointed out that skydiving
simulators were extremely noisy.
I have pondered this, and fortunately have found a way to kill two
birds in the bush with one stoned hand. Hence the present modest
The Vertical Wet Tunnel consists of a large room with a metal
floor - not unlike a conventional skydiving simulator. Into this
are set, on a two-inch grid, a large number of nozzles, each
connected to a medium-pressure water supply. When the pumps
turned on, several thousand jets of water shoot skywards (or at
ceilingwards), with a pressure somewhere between that of a
hose and a pressure-washer.
The ceiling bears a large number of angled slats, cunningly
to deflect the water jets sideways into a series of gutters, whence
the water is recirculated to the pumping system. Likewise, any
water which falls back through the floor grid is recovered and
Joyous participants will don waterproof suits, and facemasks with
wedge-shaped Plexiglass visors. They will then (in an analogous
move to that used
when entering a vertical wind-tunnel) pitch themselves forward
the gridded floor.
If I have forgotten to turn on the water, of course, things stop very
soon after this moment.
If I have remembered, however, then the participants will find
themselves buoyed on multiple jets of water, each envigorating
painless through the waterproof suit. They will tend to float at a
certain height, determined by their surface-area-to-weight ratio
(and hence body position), and by the fact that the uprising water
jets lose some speed as they rise, gravity being what it is. With
skill, they will learn to turn, pitch, roll and generally do the sorts
things that skydivers do.
Preliminary tests involving a chihuahua and a domestic pressure-
washer proved two things: (a) that these dogs are, in fact, named
after the noise they make and (b) a surprising amount of lift can
generated very efficiently with a water jet (far more so than with
(?) With ceiling bears, masterbation just isn't safe anymore.
[MikeD, Mar 14 2010]
||// a chihuahua and a domestic pressure- washer //
||All very well, but add a second participant with a pressure-washer, and a badminton net, and a whole new world of enjoyment opens up ...
||Here's my vision of your vision: it should be swim-on.. circular shaped in the middle lift area, but it all takes place in the center of a large circular pool (resovior) . It is not enclosed like a room, if you drift out of the lift stream then you land in the drink. The pumps and supporting equipment are configured to fill in the corners for a total footprint that is square, top them with soft mats just in case.
||Ah - [FT] has indeed covered many aspects of this before
(though at a lower altitude, from my reading). I will happily
accept an mfd if anyone feels inclined. Otherwise, I doff my
cap to the esteemed Mr. Toaster.
||uninclined, just noting; my lawn would require a custom (possibly magical) nozzle design to avoid some of the problems you've alleviated. I will however take a raincheck on the doff.
||I think you shoulda kept the driveway posting for reference use. I really enjoy the picture of passers-by double-taking when they notice the craters in the asphalt, painted bullseye and littering of various pieces of cars... then triple-taking when they notice a trebuchet at the other end, silhouetted against the sky.
||The "Door-to-door Salesmen Parking" sign might be a bit much though as possibly would the recorded "Launch!!" message from a hidden speaker which sensor detects a vehicle has slowed down a bit too much.
||//facemasks with wedge-shaped Plexiglass visors//
Distinctive-looking kit is key. Sporting equipment
manufacturers may smell a new market. Have you taken out
||[FT] you are a scholar and a gentleperson.
[IT] We're working on the paper as soon as we finish the first
draft of "Chihuahuas: unexpected ballistic properties." for
||I think I saw this in a cartoon, the one where the fire hydrant beaks off, and the character is suspended atop the jet of water . . .
||Except this would work. May I suggest making the jets near the center just a bit weaker, and maybe angle the outer jets in a bit. That would keep the victim centered a little better.
||You may, though we'd have to be careful we didn't get a sort
||//uses for a former driveway at the Maxwell estate//
||I meant to say "very large scalextric".
||That, pertinax, is actually not such a stupid idea....