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Laboratory 1

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Introduction

Lab 1 is a very substantial and unique building. A large 600mm thick, reinforced concrete raft was supported by 60 concrete piles going down to the water table. A large reinforced concrete pit was incorporated to simulate the aircraft bomb bay. Reinforced concrete walls rose from the raft incorporating a number of equipment and service rooms. Shingle was then banked up all around the building to roof level.

The design of the roof was quite different. There was an insulated suspended ceiling, sited above an overhead crane and then a corrugated metal roof supported by steel trusses. In the event of a failure, and a resulting explosion, the roof would have been blown clear of the lab. Where it would have landed is a matter of speculation!

Lab 1 was equipped with two large vibration test units, located in the pit area, a drop test area beyond and a heating and humidity boiler system. A control room concrete bunker was built some distance away to the north and was connected to Lab 1 by means of an underground cable network.

Lab 1 was proof-tested for 28 days at a temperature of 70°C at 100% humidity before being handed over for service in April 1956.

Laboratory 1 - Location

 

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Pipeway Entry for Fire Fighting System

Pipeway Entry for Fire Fighting System

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Basic Earth Tape & Bonds

Basic Earth Tape & Bonds

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Main Earth Tape, Test Clamps & Electrodes

Main Earth Tape, Test Clamps & Electrodes

19560830-A406 © Crown Copyright / AWE 2021 Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

Duct Bridge & External Gantry

Duct Bridge & External Gantry

19570127-A426 © Crown Copyright / AWE 2021 Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

Plant Room General Arrangement showing Cooling circuit

Plant Room General Arrangement showing Cooling circuit

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Felix Industries Ltd Lubrication System ( Diagramitic) Vibration Rig

Felix Industries Ltd Lubrication System ( Diagramitic) Vibration Rig

19571010-A394 © Crown Copyright / AWE 2021 Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

Test Rig for Felix Peripetal Vibrator

Test Rig for Felix Peripetal Vibrator

19571203-A384 © Crown Copyright / AWE 2021 Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

General Arrangement

General Arrangement

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Layout Compressed Air & Vacum

Layout Compressed Air & Vacum

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Electrical Installation

Electrical Installation

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Lightning Protection

Lightning Protection

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1960 Proposed plan to replace part of roof to ' Pagoda ' style

1960 Proposed plan to replace part of roof to ' Pagoda ' style

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Fitting Equipment

Fitting Equipment

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Fitting Equipment

Fitting Equipment

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Laboratory 1

Laboratory 1

Isometric View with section planes

Laboratory 1

Laboratory 1

Plan Section 1 - 1

Laboratory 1

Laboratory 1

Plan Sections 2 - 2, 3 - 3, 4 - 4, 5 - 5

Laboratory 1

Laboratory 1

Vibration Rig and Blue Danube

Laboratory 1

Laboratory 1

Vibration Trolley for Blue Danube

Vibration Rig Plan

Vibration Rig Plan

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Vibration Rig Isometric

Vibration Rig Isometric

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Laboratory  1

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