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sfwriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-29-10 10:46 AM
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65. I actually think this would work...
First, shaped charges are VERY accurate. We use them to detonate nuclear warheads where the tolerances are and shaping get measured in millimeters and microseconds.

Second, above the strata containing the oil field, there are hundreds of feet of rock, mud and what have you with this relatively narrow pipe coming up.

So the trick is to shape the charge in such a way that it crimps the pipe and earth but stops short of the dam. Hell, just bending the pipe reduced the flow by 20% we are told. You use the charge like a giant fist to pinch it closed over 40 feet of its length instantly, hundreds of feet above the oil bearing feature.

Think of these charges not as big uncontrolled explosions, but as generators of shockwave timed to collide on the pipe, closing it.

I wouldn't dismiss the idea out of hand.
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