Sunday, August 23, 2009
STORYHEART SUNDAY UK BLOG - THE FASTEST KETTLE IN THE WORLD
A kettle, sometimes called teakettle, tea kettle or the pot, is a small kitchen appliance used for boiling water in preparation for making tea or other beverages requiring hot water. Kettles may be electric or for stovetop use. Depending on culture and historical location, the word kettle can also have a variety of other meanings.
However at this moment at Edwards air base, in California's Mojave Desert. The "Fastest Kettle In the World" is trying to break a land speed record. A team from Hampshire, England has begun four days of attempts to break the world steam car record.
The current world steam car record of 127mph (204km/h) was set by American Fred Marriot in 1906 in Florida.
Usain Bolt set a new world record of 9.58 seconds in the men's 100m at World Championships in Berlin, a speed of 23.3 mph.
Mallard, a Class A4 steam locomotive, set the steam locomotion land speed record - 125.88 mph - on 3 July 1938.
British-built Thrust SSC set the world land speed record in October 1997, reaching 763.035 mph in a desert in the US state of Nevada.
It is hoped this 25ft-long (7.6m) three-tonne car, nicknamed the "fastest kettle in the world" which has reached 137.14 mph in testing, will be able to get to speeds of up to 170 mph in their record attempt.
However the first attempt by the team of British engineers to smash the longest-standing land speed record was dashed when the car's turbine became stuck. Suffering from overheating electrical components,a lot of gas pressure problems, due to the temperature causing the liquid propane to vaporize further up the car than it normally does. They've started using a lot of dry ice to try and keep things cool.
The car which has 12 boilers that turn 40 liters (8.8 gallons) of water per minute into superheated steam at 400C (752F), at 40 times atmospheric pressure, has three more days to break this speed record that has stood for over a hundred years.
So when your making your cup of tea or coffee on the morning, just listen for the news that the "fastest kettle in the world" has broken the steam land speed record.
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