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Report - ICI Nobel Ardeer, Ayrshire - The Good Stuff - June 2009

Discussion in 'Noteworthy Reports' started by BenCooper, Jun 23, 2009.

  1. BenCooper

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    I won't go into the history of Ardeer - once the world's largest explosives factory - again, as I covered it in my previous reports. Previously, I just skirted the borders of this huge (and still partly live) site, yesterday I ventured to the heart...

    First to the very overgrown Gunpowder Section, and in a concrete incorporating mill in the woods I found three edge mills:

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    Edge runner mills were only used for gunpowder which wasn't made seriously after WW1, so they're pretty rare - the Waltham Abbey museum only has a replica, so to find three mint ones is remarkable.

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    The mills were driven from below - the motors are mostly gone, and frogs swim in the pools:

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    Next on to the derelict power plant, which provided steam and electricity to the entire site:

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    The control room is a bit small and skanky:

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    Another big Hopkinson gauge, just like the one at Carrongrove:

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    Now on through the woods, and fighting through acres of spiky gorse, to a detonator test building - I think this one went off a bit too violently...

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    A building with water-cooled storage cylinders - not sure what this is for:

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    Then this machine - I think it was for some kind of drying as it had heaters and a gas supply:

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    Onto the testing laboratories - this is like a wee street, with each building containing a different testing machine:

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    On the far right, you can see a large test mortar - this faced a set of rails which probably had a moving target:

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    In the middle black-painted metal building, another test mortar:

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    Next building along, and some high-speed plate cameras for capturing explosions:

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    The bigger building at the end faces a test area, viewed through a blast wall with viewing slits:

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    This building had a bunch of offices with stacks of plans (mostly for high-speed cameras it seems), and shelves and shelves of plates from the cameras.

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    There were also some test samples:

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    Finally, onto a lead casting workshop:

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    As usual, there's lots more on all my Ardeer visits in my Flickr set...
     
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  2. BenCooper

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    There are several test buildings with the slit windows - from memory, the camera and power supply are in a room next to one of the smaller test rooms, so they've been moved a little bit, but not much. The smaller test buildings are self-contained - the explosive is tested in a reinforced room - but the largest has a long corridor of viewing slits that look out onto an open area:

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    Aye, Dangerous Energy also has some pictures of the Ardeer mill in use and an engineering drawing, all from RCAHMS. I emailed Waltham Abbey to tell them about the Ardeer mills, but they haven't replied.
     
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    Some more from another potter about last weekend - this is Africa House, it was the South African pavilion at the Glasgow Empire Exhibition, moved to Ardeer to be used for offices, but now a gutted wreck:

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    A large storage building, with nothing of interest inside:

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    Test bays behind a blast wall:

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    A battery detonator:

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    A high-speed rotating-mirror camera:

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    Health and safety goes a bit far:

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    Another set of labs:

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    And a sales room with some target samples and display boards:

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