31 Oct '12, 4am

Engineering horror at Disney - EE Times (blog)

Engineering horror at Disney - EE Times (blog)

**Editor's note: a couple of months back, I asked readers for their best engineering horror stories . Now, as we approach Halloween, EE Life brings you those tales of horror, extreme current and severed body parts, one by one, in terrifying succession. Don't look away....** I worked as a show and ride control engineer for Disney in the early 1980’s, and witnessed several spectacular (though non-lethal) accidents. [Get a 10% discount on ARM TechCon 2012 conference passes by using promo code EDIT. Click here to learn about the show and register.] The first took place at Epcot center. An electrician was using a three foot long open-ended aluminum wrench to tighten a connection, and accidentally dropped it across a live 480V line inside the Kodak pavilion. 50,000 square feet of interior space lit up like the sun while the wrench vaporized in the arc. Everyone froze, not wantin...

Full article: http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-blogs/other/4400231/En...

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