Principle Concept – Simple Solution for Complex Problem
Two weeks ago, we posted a theory for stopping the disaster in the gulf: use the force of the oil against itself. Shortly after, we proposed a concept based on that theory. TRS Foundation presented this concept to Dr. Ana Unruh-Cohen of the Select Committee for Energy Independence and Global Warming. The video below displays our proposed concept for developing an effective solution to stop the catastrophic spill.
As you will see in the video, the vent valves redirect the pressure to enable precision installation. Once attached, oil will flow through the openings to relieve the pressure. Once the butterfly valves are mechanically closed, the pressure in the inner chamber will rise causing the ball or piston to rise and plug the exit hole, and thus stopping the oil spill. Simple thinking for a complex problem.
This past week BP used an “economy” version of a similar concept and was able to temporarily stop the gushing of oil. Continued dialogue between TRS Foundation and Ana Unruh-Cohen are hoped to develop a sustainable solution to prevent future disasters similar. The slideshow below from our Flickr page details different angles and phases of this concept. For those who are interested in getting better details, please download our 3D PDFs of the plug at the bottom of this post.
This is still an on-going effort. The Foundation will continue its pursuit until there is such a solution to prevent disasters like this – in policy, awareness and scientific innovations. As a society, we must not only learn how to invent amazing innovations, but also how to prevent these same innovations from destroying our society.