In a third series Richard Hammond investigates the engineering connections that lie inside some of the most iconic structures on the planet: GÇó A Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) tanker designed to carry an ultra-cold cargo with the energy equivalent of 50 nuclear bombs, GÇó The GÇÿearthquake-proofGÇÖ Rion Antirion Bridge in Greece, GÇó NASAGÇÖs Space Shuttle, the first re-usable space vehicle, GÇó The sail-shaped Burj al Arab hotel in Dubai, GÇó A Formula 1 car, GÇó The iconic Japanese Bullet Train, the first, and still the most technologically advanced high speed railway system in the world. Richard reveals an amazing range of unexpected ideas and legacies hidden deep in their DNA. Through large-scale demonstrations he investigates the crucial technology that makes these structures possible. He shows how, thanks to a WW2 German submarine, the Space Shuttle protects itself from self-destruction at launch. He creates his own earthquake to see whatGÇÖs required to save the Bullet Train from severe seismic shocks GÇô proof even against the biggest earthquake ever to hit Japan. And with a steam GÇÿbombGÇÖ he explosively reveals just how much power the apparently old-fashioned technology can deliver to power an LNG tanker. Richard makes the surprising connections that make possible the greatest miracles of modern engineering. EPISODE 1: SUPER TANKER / LNG CARRIER Richard Hammond reveals the ingenious engineering required to transport one of the most potentially hazardous cargoes in the world in some of the biggest vessels afloat, with solutions inspired by cutlery, mid-air refuelling, fire trucks, and a surprising discovery by Charles Darwin, the father of evolution. EPISODE 2: THE RION-ANTIRION BRIDGE Richard Hammond reveals how engineers earthquake-proofed one of the longest bridges in the world with solutions inspired by fragrant Indian incense, the ring-pull in a soda can, a tobbogan, the hammock, and some shiny steel chimneys. EPISODE 3: NASAGÇÖS SPACE SHUTTLE Richard Hammond reveals how NASAGÇÖs Space Shuttle GÇô the worldGÇÖs first re-usable space craft, and the worldGÇÖs most technologically-advanced machine GÇô could not exist without a church organ pump, tram tracks, a WWII anti-sonar device, a camera iris, and a cannonball. EPISODE 4: FORMULA ONE CAR Richard Hammond show how behind the glamorous appearances of the F1 car lie surprising engineering connections to a revolutionary cannon, an ancient sail, an innovative jet engine fan blade, bullet-proof armour and the same prehistoric blacksmithGÇÖs technique that produced fearsome swords. EPISODE 5: BURJ AL ARAB Richard Hammond checks out DubaiGÇÖs sail-shaped Burj al Arab, the worldGÇÖs tallest and most distinctive hotel which relies on engineering solutions inspired by the game of jacks, a 19th Century coal mine, a camera flash, a new type of fire hose, and a moving part from a car engine. EPISODE 6: JAPANGÇÖS BULLET TRAIN Richard Hammond reveals the surprising engineering connections in JapanGÇÖs Bullet Train GÇô the worldGÇÖs first high speed train which could not run without ancient charioteers, a crowbar or lever, the spring in a medieval clock, the electric telegraph, and a 19th century luxury racing car GÇô the worldGÇÖs first four by four.
Engineering Connections - Series 3