Use of radioisotopes in engine and tire manufacturing in United States
Detroit Michigan USA Date:1957 Duration:1 min 54 sec Sound:Yes
A 1957 Ford Fairlane convertible with top down, pulls into a "Mobil gas" station, and an attendant comes out to serve the driver. He opens the hood revealing the engine which is dominated by a large air filter on its top. Next, the scene shifts to a V8 engine mounted on a test stand in an automotive laboratory . The engine parts have been irradiated so that the slightest wear will be detected in engine oil. Oil drained from engine is collected and passed to atomic scintillation counter. A graph showing wearing metals of the engine. Scene shifts back to the convertible in the gas station, where the little girl leans over to watch the service station attendant check the pressure on one of the white wall tires. This introduces the discussion and views of radioactive applications in tire manufacture. Nylon fabric woven into tires at a factory is shown being precisely measured using atomic radiation technology. Thickness of nylon tire fabric is graphed continuously as it passes measurement station in automated production process. And rubber being applied is constantly monitored. If out of specification, lights alert the operator to intervene and reset controls. Final scene shows the woman and girl, from the opening scene. driving their Ford Fairlane convertible in a residential town or suburban neighborhood.
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