High-Speed destruction : CD disintegration
CD smashed by hard-disc platter : cdsmash_disc_flat.m1v (3.9MB). 1000 frames/sec
Credit for the inspiration to try this goes to Dave Green of NTK , who had enquired if it might be possible to use the destruct-o-tron to destroy a Band Aid 20 CD in the name of charity at the December Dorkbot London meeting, where I was due to do a demo the day after the camera recording.
The setup was a hard-disc platter on the coil, with a CD placed on top of it, inside
the usual 10" gas-pipe containment vessel.(a CD on its own won't work as the
metallisation is not conductive enough to carry the required current.
Careful examination of the frames shows that the CD is actually smashed by the acceleration of the HD platter against the CD, not by the impact with the top of the containment tube, although the leatter may be responsible for further granulation...
The framerate on the movie is a bit odd as we'd not got the hang of making sure we had a full sequence coppied off at 25fps, but I extracted the frames below from a different section to get clean interlace-blur-free images.
The Disc starts to lift
The CD is now in many pieces
The fragments start bouncing off the walls & all hell breaks loose..!
OK, now what if we have 2 CDs... cdsmash_2cd.m1v (3.6MB)
This was done with a ring of brazed 1/4 inch copper refrigeration tube instead of the hard disc platter.
One CD with the copper ring. Movie runs forward and then backwards : cdsmash_tilt_2way.m1v (7.5MB)
This one used a much smaller ringm which broke the disc into much larger fragments : cdsmash_smallring.m1v (3.5MB)
One obvious difference is that the fragments move a lot more slowly, taking about 20ms to hit the top of the pipe.
We chickenned out of trying to shoot the destruction end-on, i.e coming at the camera,
as it wasn't our camera, and I wasn't confident enough that the big lump of perspex we
were using as a shield wouldn't break, so we split the difference and tilted the coil and
CD up to about 45 degrees. This was done with a hard-disc platter.
You can just see something starting to happen at the bottom of the CD
Now let's try a different arrangement... Copper tube ring hitting CD edge-on. 1000
3mS after lift-of, the ring starts tearing into the CD
Sequence at 3000 frames/sec