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    Hydroelectric turbine catastrophic failure - photo

    Aftermath of the Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric power plant disaster in Russia. Cause: metal fatigue on the turbine mounts and cover.




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    I wonder if that made a big noise as it was failing?

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    In time honored tradition, management decided to run the turbine even though the technical people knew better and had reported problems.
    Manager: "But this is an emergency!"
    Technician: "Hold my vodka, you ain't seen nothing yet."

    The documentary (11m):

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inner View Post
    In time honored tradition, management decided to run the turbine even though the technical people knew better and had reported problems.
    Manager: "But this is an emergency!"
    Technician: "Hold my vodka, you ain't seen nothing yet."

    The documentary (11m):
    Plainly Difficult does great mini documentaries. Humorous, yet respectful.

    Neil

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    That answers my question. The video clearly said, "At 8:13 am, a loud Big Bang rang out in the turbine hall." Fascinating how often such a complex series of events, and bad decisions leads to such major disasters.



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