Just as there’s more than one way to skin the proverbial cat, there’s also more than one way to enjoy some nice, satisfying hydraulic crushing. One of those ways is with a thermal camera, which gives us a look at the thermodynamics that result from heavy machinery bending and heating up metal. Incidentally, this method also gives us some insight into how the Predator would experience hydraulic press crushing. (He has to watch something while he’s feasting on human skulls, right?)
As far as why the metal heats up as it’s crushed—at one point reaching 122 degrees Fahrenheit in the video—it’s because the hydraulic press forces the metal to grind against itself along dislocations, which are deformations in the metal’s crystalline structure. As the hydraulic press pushes down on the tubes and ball, it’s forcing the atoms in the metal to grind against each other and heat up. Then, before you know it, you have something in the room that’s warmer than body temperature, which can serve as a great distraction while you—
What do you think about this video? Did the thermal cam totally amp up your love of hydraulic crushing, or is it still just a primitive form of bending? Let us know below!
Images: YouTube / Hydraulic Press Channel