All About the Pacific Ocean's Newest SUB: Supersonic Underwater Bullshit

August 27, 2014 7:14 PM

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China's Harbin Institute of Technology's Complex Flow and Heat Transfer Laboratory has made a breakthrough in supercavitation technology that could lead to significant advances in everything from maritime shipping to naval warfare. It has also led to utterly insane claims that go completely overboard.

Before we get to supercavitation, let's discuss plain old cavitation, which is a fluid dynamics phenomenon that occurs when something moves through a liquid so fast that it ends up creating an area of pressure low enough that the liquid actually boils and turns into a small pocket of vapor — in othe...

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