Richard Hammond: Engineering Connections

2014

S3 Ep5 - Space Shuttle

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Space Shuttle - Richard Hammond explores the ingenious design secrets of NASA's space shuttle. He demonstrates the cooling system that keeps the shuttle's engines from exploding, uses a wall of water to guard against the destructive power of sound waves, and explains how features found in cannonballs, tram tracks and camera irises help the shuttle successfully complete its missions. (From the UK) (Documentary Series) (Part 5 of 6) G CC

S3 Ep6 - Bullet Train

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Bullet Train - Richard Hammond reveals the surprising inspirations behind some of the design features of Japan's bullet train, the world's first high-speed locomotive. He discovers how techniques used by ancient chariot racers help the train travel faster around bends, finds out how engineers optimised its grip on the track, and learns how the technology behind the electric telegraph system was used to create an earthquake-detection system. (From the UK) (Documentary Series) (Final) G CC
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S3 Ep4 - The E...

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The Earthquake Proof Bridge - Richard Hammond discovers how engineers drew inspiration from unlikely sources to make a 3km bridge across the Gulf of Corinth in Greece earthquake-proof. Design features from ring-pulls, hammocks, toboggans and steel chimneys were employed to protect the structure from the natural hazards posed by its location, including high winds, unstable terrain and one of the most active seismic fault lines in Europe. (From the UK) (Documentary Series) (Part 4 of 6) G CC

S3 Ep13 - Super Tanker

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Super Tanker - Richard Hammond explores the technological innovations that have made it possible for huge tankers to safely carry enough liquefied natural gas to power a city the size of London for a week without risk of explosions. He also demonstrates how ships carrying liquid cargo can fall victim to the dangerous 'free surface effect', which was responsible for causing the ferry Herald of Free Enterprise to sink in 1987. (From the UK) (Documentary Series) (Rpt) G CC

S3 Ep12 - Formula One

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Formula One - Richard Hammond explores the design secrets of Formula One cars, discovering the features they have in common with cannons, ancient sails, jet engines and body armour. He learns how these innovations help propel the racing machines to speeds of more than 300 km/h, while also keeping their drivers safe. (From the UK) (Documentary Series) (Rpt) G CC

S3 Ep11 - Burj Al Arab

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Burj Al Arab - Richard Hammond explores the design secrets of the world's tallest and most distinctively shaped hotel, the 320-metre-high Burj Al Arab, which is located on a custom-built island off the shore of Dubai. He discovers how engineers tackled the challenges of building a steel structure in the desert heat and protecting the island from wave damage, and learns how a component from a camera flash helps prevent fires in the hotel's rooms. (From the UK) (Documentary Series) (Rpt) G CC
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