Tech Tuesday 3/19/19 – Sorry It’s Late Edition

Oscar Gordon

A Navy Turbine Tech who learned to spin wrenches on old cars, Oscar has since been trained as an Engineer & Software Developer & now writes tools for other engineers. When not in his shop or at work, he can be found spending time with his family, gardening, hiking, kayaking, gaming, or whatever strikes his fancy & fits in the budget.

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7 Responses

  1. Kolohe says:

    Tt06 – Do ships do that these days, though? The whole magic of the modern containerized shipping system is huge, somewhat concentrated but highly efficient operations. (Efficient in energy and personnel, and thus economics). I don’t think many drop a little load here, a little load there. It’s all or nothing.

    I could see this being somewhat useful to the cruise ship industry though.Report

    • Oscar Gordon in reply to Kolohe says:

      I know it’s not all or nothing. Cargo ships often dock to unload part of their cargo, and take on more, before heading to the next port. The logistics of that is a pretty BFD.

      What the minimum number of containers is for a given port probably depends on the economics of the ship and the route.Report

  2. Michael Cain says:

    TT13: I didn’t see anything about how they’ve addressed the unsprung mass problem typical of motor-per-wheel designs.Report

    • Oscar Gordon in reply to Michael Cain says:

      My guess is that this iteration is largely ignoring it since the intended designs are to be small, low speed, and lightweight. If the unit itself doesn’t weigh too much more than a modern wheel and arm assembly, then existing suspension designs should accommodate.

      But I don’t really have enough info to go on.Report

  3. Michael Cain says:

    TT04: My problem with the flying motorcycles and flying jet harnesses and such is the same as I have with hang gliders: once you apply the rule “Never fly higher than you’re willing to fall,” it’s not high enough to be useful :^)Report