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They Invented What? (No. 1)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on May 24, 2006

U.S. Pat. No. 3,963,275Method of breaking free-standing rock boulders


What is claimed is:

1.)  The method of fragmenting a free-standing boulder comprising

determining the average diameter of said boulder to determine the time required for sound to traverse said average diameter,

determining the compressive strength of said boulder,

selecting a projectile having a mass which will establish an impact stress within said boulder greater than the compressive strength of the boulder, when impacted upon said boulder with a velocity which causes an energy transfer to said boulder within a time less than said determined time,

loading said cannon with said selected projectile,

loading said cannon with a charge which when detonated will cause said projectile to impact upon said boulder with said velocity,

aiming said cannon at said boulder, and

detonating said charge.

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  1. […] apparatus.  None of these are Jake’s favorite though.  He prefers as his favorite the method of breaking free-standing rock boulders.  According to Jake, as soon as you see the picture in the patent you know pretty much everything […]

  2. Jake Ward said, on January 2, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Reblogged this on Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog.

  3. Jordan said, on March 4, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Got to say, sometimes simplicity is best, but in this case I’m not entirely sure if that’s true.

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