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#435766 - 04/14/12 12:56 PM VIDEO: UB Physics Students Make Potato Cannon
Marty Offline

Great video of Physics Majors from the University of Belize launching a potato cannon.. Powered by flamable aerosol too. Looks like fun.

"Potato cannons may be for school projects, but they ARE weapons and can definitely inflict some serious damage on a person."

#435784 - 04/14/12 01:47 PM Re: VIDEO: UB Physics Students Make Potato Cannon [Re: Marty]
Bear Offline
Damn! I obviously went to the wrong school...I'm building one for the end of our dock to counter the jetski's and speeding boats...its a bit more sophisticated though and I plan on using cocoanuts...

#435789 - 04/14/12 01:54 PM Re: VIDEO: UB Physics Students Make Potato Cannon [Re: Bear]
Rykat Offline
While y'all are working on your physics how about backing up to a little spelling?! smile
Or is that a "Britain" thing?
GOP - The Party of Lincoln.

#435790 - 04/14/12 01:58 PM Re: VIDEO: UB Physics Students Make Potato Cannon [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline
NICE Bear!!!!!!!

#435795 - 04/14/12 02:55 PM Re: VIDEO: UB Physics Students Make Potato Cannon [Re: Marty]
Bear Offline
Yah, 'tis! The duty on cases of engine starter propellant is going to eat me alive Marty, but maybe I can get a neighbourhood(sic) watch to help underwrite a "shore battery".

I'm also working up an air burst version of the cocoanut(sic) shell to counter low flying aircraft. I do forsee a problem in that there may be a lot more "stuff" floating around in the water once I perfect that round...

#435934 - 04/17/12 01:40 AM Re: VIDEO: UB Physics Students Make Potato Cannon [Re: Marty]
belizegial Offline
Proud to say the "engineer" that built this project is my Son!!!!! He is the guy wearing the cap!!!!!!!

#437255 - 05/06/12 09:29 PM Re: VIDEO: UB Physics Students Make Potato Cannon [Re: belizegial]
Cara Offline
Wow! Just saw this one! WAY TO GO WILLIAM!!! Very cool school project.

#437272 - 05/07/12 03:27 AM Re: VIDEO: UB Physics Students Make Potato Cannon [Re: Cara]
ragman Offline
My son built one of these about 10 years or so ago. It was a lot of fun but I was worried we where all going to get arrested especially one night firing it off into the woods from my rear deck. At night a flame would come out the barrel a few feet and it was louder than it seemed in that video. The potato would go about 100 yards or more. We used an igniter like you use for a Gas BBQ grill. Hair spray was the propellant.

I tell you one thing it you ever got hit with the potato you would be a hurtin puppy.
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