As i'm no scientist.Can some one help.If you get hot metal and cold water.Would it make the metal weak?. Would this cause the metal to split easy?.Did this have anytHing to do with the Titanic sinking
PORTLAND, Oregon - An Oregon Health & Science University technology transfer specialist has been at the center of a burst of international media attention in recent weeks centering on new evidence she helped uncover suggesting that substandard rivets may have been as much at fault as the iceberg in the sinking of the RMS Titanic.
"The Titanic may have stayed afloat long enough for most if not all of the passengers to be rescued had it not been for the popping of faulty rivets causing the ship's hull to "unzip" after impact with the ice, according to a new analysis...Since the nearest rescue ship, the Carpathia, was only two hours away, keeping the ship afloat an additional 2-3 hours would have allowed those forced to stay behind on the sinking ship to have been shuttled to safety, and many more passengers might have survived," wrote McCarty and Foecke in their book.
What bothers me about this type of research is not the results of their study on rivets but on the sweeping conclusions they then come to regarding how that led to the great loss of life.
With only 1700 tons/hr pumping capacity, they were lucky the ship had lasted as long as it did; a tribute to Andrews, Bell and others.
Given the media's habit of distorting things or simply making sweeping statements out of the whole context of what was actually said, I'd like to hear what Tim Foecke have to say about this.