Exactly What is the Meaning of This?!?

Discussion in 'Architecture & Engineering' started by HectorDecimal, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    The freeze over does not seem to be related to the solar cycle.

    http://mcauleysworld.wordpress.com/2009/03/08/global-warming-myths-debunked-great-lakes-freeze-over/

    http://blogs.fox11online.com/2010/01/29/how-often-do-the-great-lakes-freeze/
     
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  3. HectorDecimal Registered Senior Member

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    Cool stuff! 2003 is also the year that a string of steam vents errupted at Yellowstone.

    In answer to your one question about the boat design, the legs can easily have floatation pods with variable geometry. A freeze could boost it above, but I think the heat from the structure itself might keep that area from freezing. We take boats in before winter hits because they have no variable geometry to compensate for the pressure of ice constricting their fixed geometry.
     
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  5. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    That raises the question of what will be the heat source for the structure?

    Some problems posed by ice to a floating restaurant on the Danube River in Belgrade, just yesterday.

    http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/world/danube-20120221-1tkqv.html?selectedImage=8
     
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  7. HectorDecimal Registered Senior Member

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    That scene from the Danube is exactly what I was describing. Consider that it's a river freezing also. This is characteristic of the "little ice age."

    Nonetheless, look at that dock! It's in shambles. The winter hit Europe hard and off guard. I have relatives over there and it causes concern.

    As for the heat source: I don't have all the details worked out for larger structures, but if I can get as far as the renderings depict, wouldn't you think I could just maybe fix the heating systems too?

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  9. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    That would depend on if you have experience of extremely cold climates with limited daylight hours for several months of the year and just what you consider to be a larger structure.

    I have a friend who installs solar electrical systems and I am well aware of their cost, the need for battery maintenance, their limitations and that they are not used for heating.

    I have been attempting to discern whether you have indeed designed 'a better mousetrap' and just where it fits into the present and future scheme of considerations.

    Cost effective, portable, self-contained accommodation that is tolerant of weather extremes would have an endless application.

    I had not gotten around to asking you about the sanitation facilities yet. Even self-contained systems have to be pumped and emptied. Well and septic works for land based applications that are not near to waterways.
    On or near the water MUST BE contained and pumped in this jurisdiction.

    If my questions are beyond where you have gotten in the design, do not feel obligated to supply answers. I raise these questions from a Yukon perspective and these may not at all be the circumstances you envision your design to be used in.

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    The idea is to make this so if you are buried in an avalanche, a snorkel will carve its way to the air. Take a nap. Same if you were covered in volcanic ash, say it were like 5 meters deep or more. Architecture that floats. 0.30 mil aluminum outer skin. Likely composite insulation. Variable geometry to endure freezing.

    How long to expect the Yukon to be as you normally expect? Best I can say at the moment is winter hit Alaska pretty hard. The Rockies were hit, as in Denver, pretty bad. We had zip for winter in Indiana. All I can say is I do good work. I'm working on many aspects of the 21st Century life support architecture with the entire planet in mind. If someone gives me a clue about a particular area, say the Congo, I can answer questions I imagine. Will it withstand an attack by hippos? Yes...

    One size really should fit all. Hopefully the same design will get the inhabitants by for 50 years and hand it to a new family member. In 50 years, if Yellowstone hasn't gone bananas I'll go work there...

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    One thing I've really left out of the discussion is that these shapes, when moored in their dry dock, would tend to resist tornadoes. They have aerodynamic geometry that would enhance laminar airflow near to the outer shell, but reduce drag. A typical house is nothing but a drag generator, trying to fight against massive flow force.
     
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    I've noticed that Europe has had a unusually cold winter while it was warmer in much of the USA. The arctic cold tends to flow downward somewhere (actually it tends to draw in the heat to lessen the steepness of temperature gradients between the warm and cold parts of the globe). So, the net temperature of the northern hemisphere tends to be about the same every winter, only changing gradually over many years.
     
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    And that isn't subject to changes?
     
  14. elte Valued Senior Member

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    From what I've seen, if an area in the northern hemisphere has a mild winter, another area has a harsher one. I've never seen it not do that. That is why in Indiana it was mild while Europe was very cold.
     
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    ...and the Rocky Mountain areas and Alaska had record snowfalls.
     
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    As mentioned in the other related thread about using aluminum shielding, we are being warned by NASA about possible damage to technology.
     

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