History Main / ExplosiveInstrumentation

2nd Oct '17 11:59:28 AM GeorgeS
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Long considered an unrealistic but effective way of showing battle damage when you don't have the budget to mess up a miniature or -- in modern works -- create damaged versions of CGI models. "Exploding Consoles of Doom" is actually an example of TruthInTelevision. An electrical engineer posting on the [=TrekBBS=] message board explains what happens to cause a so called [[http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php?s=08babc06526d1bac4f4eb412ed5f9169&t=131768 "Exploding Console of Doom".]]


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Long considered an unrealistic but effective way of showing battle damage when you don't have the budget to mess up a miniature or -- in modern works -- create damaged versions of CGI models. "Exploding Consoles of Doom" is actually an example of TruthInTelevision. An electrical engineer posting on In reality the [=TrekBBS=] message board explains what happens to cause a so called [[http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php?s=08babc06526d1bac4f4eb412ed5f9169&t=131768 "Exploding Console console would be separated from the destructive effects of Doom".]]

high power circuits trough various means of protection and would not harm its operator under any scenario.

14th Sep '17 4:58:58 PM WillKeaton
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** Cell phone batteries have also exploded, sometimes with [[http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-10156393-71.html fatal results]]; the Galaxy Note 7's were infamous for this due to defective batteries and a thin layout.

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** Cell phone batteries have also exploded, sometimes with [[http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-10156393-71.html fatal results]]; the results.]] The Galaxy Note 7's were infamous for this due to defective batteries and a thin layout.



** In a related problem, faulty manufacturing can result in premature failure, called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capacitor_plague capacitor plague]], which affected many electrical devices (most notably several brands of computers, but everything with capacitors could be affected) for years.

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** In a related problem, faulty manufacturing can result in premature failure, called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capacitor_plague capacitor plague]], plague,]] which affected many electrical devices (most notably several brands of computers, but everything with capacitors could be affected) for years.



* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42Kn9JlXE5w A 12,000 volt transformer ignites]], 20 minutes of ImpressivePyrotechnics ensues.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42Kn9JlXE5w A 12,000 volt transformer ignites]], ignites,]] 20 minutes of ImpressivePyrotechnics ensues.
14th Sep '17 4:58:06 PM WillKeaton
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* ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' makes a joke out of it [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/139.html here]].
* ''Adventurers!'' [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] in [[http://www.adventurers-comic.com/d/20050811.html this strip]].

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* ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' makes a joke out of it [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/139.html here]].
makes a joke out of it here.]]
* ''Adventurers!'' [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] in [[http://www.adventurers-comic.com/d/20050811.html this strip]].strip.]]
14th Sep '17 4:55:54 PM WillKeaton
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Long considered an unrealistic but effective way of showing battle damage when you don't have the budget to mess up a miniature or -- in modern works -- create damaged versions of CGI models. "Exploding Consoles of Doom" is actually an example of TruthInTelevision. An electrical engineer posting on the [=TrekBBS=] message board explains what happens to cause a so called "Exploding Console of Doom". [[http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php?s=08babc06526d1bac4f4eb412ed5f9169&t=131768]]


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Long considered an unrealistic but effective way of showing battle damage when you don't have the budget to mess up a miniature or -- in modern works -- create damaged versions of CGI models. "Exploding Consoles of Doom" is actually an example of TruthInTelevision. An electrical engineer posting on the [=TrekBBS=] message board explains what happens to cause a so called "Exploding Console of Doom". [[http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php?s=08babc06526d1bac4f4eb412ed5f9169&t=131768]]

php?s=08babc06526d1bac4f4eb412ed5f9169&t=131768 "Exploding Console of Doom".]]

6th Sep '17 2:47:15 AM JackG
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* ''Series/BlakesSeven''. In "Stardrive", the ''Scorpio'' clips an asteroid and something blows up on the flight deck. Avon orders the MasterComputer to activate the backup system, only to be told that was the backup system blowing up.
15th Aug '17 12:07:15 AM Spindriver
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* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' traditionally has "neurofeedback" -- whenever a 'Mech suffers an ammunition explosion, the pilot's neurohelmet that's a critical part of the user interface (but isn't connected so much to the ammo bins as to the machine's ''gyroscope'', which can in turn take damage without causing any similar fuss) basically delivers an electric shock directly to their grey matter.

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* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' traditionally has "neurofeedback" -- whenever a 'Mech suffers an ammunition explosion, the pilot's neurohelmet that's neurohelmet, a critical part of the user interface (but one which isn't connected so much to the ammo bins as to the machine's ''gyroscope'', which can in turn take damage without causing any similar fuss) basically delivers an electric shock directly to their grey matter.



* PKE meters in ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', when overloaded by psychic energy, explode quite spectacularly. Then again, so do overloading proton packs (which makes sense since they are portable '''nuclear accelerators''').
** Not to mention [[TheSmartGuy Egon's]] [[HomemadeInventions various inventions]].
*** He even manages to overload a calculator with an ''offensive football play'' that would not only collapse the defense, but possibly all known space as well.

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* PKE meters in ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', when overloaded by psychic energy, explode quite spectacularly. Then again, so do overloading proton packs (which makes sense since they are portable '''nuclear accelerators''').
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accelerators'''). Not to mention [[TheSmartGuy Egon's]] [[HomemadeInventions various inventions]].
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inventions]]. He even manages to overload a calculator with an ''offensive football play'' that would not only collapse the defense, but possibly all known space as well.



* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42Kn9JlXE5w A 12'000 volt transformer ignites]], 20 minutes of ImpressivePyrotechnics ensues.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42Kn9JlXE5w A 12'000 12,000 volt transformer ignites]], 20 minutes of ImpressivePyrotechnics ensues.
15th Aug '17 12:03:53 AM Spindriver
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** Cell phone batteries have also exploded, sometimes with [[http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-10156393-71.html fatal results]].
*** On the topic of cell phones, the Galaxy Note 7's were infamous for this due to defective batteries and a thin layout.

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** Cell phone batteries have also exploded, sometimes with [[http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-10156393-71.html fatal results]].
*** On the topic of cell phones,
results]]; the Galaxy Note 7's were infamous for this due to defective batteries and a thin layout.



* The NASA Apollo 1 mission, where a spark believed to be caused by a faulty connection in one of the control panels caused a flash fire made worse by the pure oxygen atmosphere in the command module. Sadly, this resulted in the deaths of astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee.
** Likewise, a faulty wire was responsible for the oxygen tank explosion on Apollo 13.

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* The NASA Apollo 1 mission, where a spark believed to be caused by a faulty connection in one of the control panels caused a flash fire made worse by the pure oxygen atmosphere in the command module. Sadly, this resulted in the deaths of astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee.
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Chaffee. Likewise, a faulty wire was responsible for the oxygen tank explosion on Apollo 13.



* While not explosive, per say, old fuse boxes in homes (from the 90s and earlier) can be very dangerous. If a circuit is accidentally completed between two of the junctions, an arc flash will occur. These flashes have been know to vaporize the steel screwdrivers in the hands of the people working on the boxes. [[CaptainObvious You don't want to be near these flashes.]] This is yet another reason that the bottoms of screwdrivers are made out of non-conductive materials like plastic. If a circuit is completed by the screwdriver, the charge will just go through the steel and out to the other circuit instead of into the person's arm, saving their life.

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* While not explosive, per say, explosive ''per se'', old fuse boxes in homes (from the 90s '90s and earlier) can be very dangerous. If a circuit is accidentally completed between two of the junctions, an arc flash will occur. These flashes have been know to vaporize the steel screwdrivers in the hands of the people working on the boxes. [[CaptainObvious You don't want to be near these flashes.]] This is yet another reason that the bottoms of screwdrivers are made out of non-conductive materials like plastic. If a circuit is completed by the screwdriver, the charge will just go through the steel and out to the other circuit instead of into the person's arm, saving their life.
11th Aug '17 11:17:24 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* Several years before the story of ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' started, a Neo-Egyptian Gundam and its pilot were destroyed when this trope took place in the cockpit. In the "present", the DG Cells take over the Gundam's remains and the pilot's corpse...
2nd Aug '17 3:17:17 PM Karatorian
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* Old fixed-frequency [=CRTs=] could also explode if driven too far outside the frequency they where built for. In some computer systems, it was possible to do this with software (if the video hardware had a wider operating range than the tube). Newer multi-frequncy [=CRTs=] have safeguards to prevent this (they don't work and may be damaged by exceeding their specs, but they don't explode).
21st May '17 2:00:57 PM HighCrate
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** [[GenreSavvy Weaponized]] in ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger''[='s=] final episode, where [[spoiler:Gokai Red and Silver shoot up the BigBad's flagship and then pin him to the main console while it sprays sparks, fire, and electricity.]]

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** [[GenreSavvy Weaponized]] Weaponized in ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger''[='s=] final episode, where [[spoiler:Gokai Red and Silver shoot up the BigBad's flagship and then pin him to the main console while it sprays sparks, fire, and electricity.]]
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