• Question: Have you ever blown something up?

    Asked by sachat to David, James, Mike, Suze, Will on 16 Jun 2011. This question was also asked by rogerrrbvb1917.
    • Photo: David Ingram

      David Ingram answered on 15 Jun 2011:

      Not in reallity – I’ve done computer simulations of explosions and worked with experimentalists (from the Health and Safety Lab at Buxton) who did [They used a plastic explosive called PETN ]

    • Photo: Mike Dodd

      Mike Dodd answered on 15 Jun 2011:

      Yes! I was working on the MRI magnet and I blow up a £10,000 power amp. It meant fire engines, oxygen for me and a lot of form filling…. not great!

    • Photo: James Marrow

      James Marrow answered on 15 Jun 2011:

      Not yet!

      Actually, we have to do loads of risk assessments before we can do an experiment of any kind to make sure we have thought of all the risks and what to do if something did go wrong! If there is any risk, we have to do something to reduce it or find another way of doing the experiment that is safer.

      So,usually nothing gets blown up, unless it’s meant to be !

    • Photo: Suze Kundu

      Suze Kundu answered on 15 Jun 2011:

      No one can prove that it was me… Even if people claim to have heard the scurrying sound of a pair of size three heels running from the scene… 😉

    • Photo: William Eborall

      William Eborall answered on 16 Jun 2011:

      No I’ve never managed to blow anything up, and there are people in my lab working with TNT!