Oseco Rupture Discs Featured on MythBusters Breaking Bad Episode

Broken Arrow, Okla. (Aug. 23, 2013) Oseco’s rupture discs have again been put to the test on MythBusters, this time as part of a special dedicated to the award-winning Breaking Bad TV show. The pressure-relief manufacturer made its sixth appearance on the hit show as the MythBusters crew tested the explosive capabilities of a chemical composition.

Breaking Bad-themed MythBusters episode

Breaking Bad-themed MythBusters episode

Oseco’s rupture discs have been featured on the Discovery Channel show since 2008 in a variety of ways that showcase the discs’ pressure safety capabilities. MythBusters puts popular myths to the test to see if they are “Confirmed,” “Plausible” or “Busted.”

The Breaking Bad-themed episode tested a scene from the show’s first season, in which chemist and burgeoning criminal Walter White slams 50 grams of a dangerous chemical to the ground while inside a deranged gangster’s hideout. The resulting blast blows out the windows and disorients but does not hurt the gangster and his henchmen.

“For this experiment we’re testing two things – both lethality and injury,” MythBusters co-host Kari Byron says on the episode. “For that, we have Oseco burst discs.” The discs were calibrated to burst at 13psi and 75psi throughout the room to see if Walter White and the other characters in the Breaking Bad episode would be hurt or die from the explosion.

MythBusters tested the scene’s science by placing Oseco burst discs around the test room to gauge if the characters would have survived such a blast. The chemical concoction did not explode when 50 grams were slammed to the ground and the myth was “Busted.” However, when blasting caps were added to the chemical mix a small explosion occurred and Oseco’s discs did their job, bursting to indicate what would have been injuries to actual people.

Previously on MythBusters, the cast used Oseco rupture discs to determine the protection everyday objects offer the human body against an explosion. MythBusters also has turned to Oseco when the show needed help measuring the protection water provides from explosions and whether a person could be exposed to a blast that would “knock your socks off” without experiencing a deadly amount of force.

Oseco rupture discs are used in many types of real-world, high-pressure industrial applications to protect people and equipment from dangerous overpressure events.

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Oseco’s Highly Efficient Rupture Discs Featured at ChemInnovations 2011

Broken Arrow, Okla. (August 18, 2011) – Pressure relief specialist Oseco will display its best-in-class FAS (Forward Acting Scored) rupture disc at ChemInnovations 2011, booth 3301. The show will take place from September 13-15 at the George R. Brown Convention Center (Houston, Texas).

Oseco will feature its FAS rupture disc at ChemInnovations booth 3301.

Oseco will feature its FAS rupture disc at ChemInnovations booth 3301.

Oseco’s FAS rupture disc is a fail-safe, non-fragmenting rupture disc commonly used for safety relief valve isolation. It features the industry’s best KR or flow coefficient value, which ensures efficient flow, less pressure drop and faster emergency pressure relief. The FAS is available in corrosive resistant materials and capable of withstanding temperatures up to 900° F, making it ideal for performance in harsh conditions.

The company will also display its full line of rupture discs and explosion vents, for use in protecting people and equipment from explosions caused by over-pressurization.

For more information on Oseco’s line of pressure relief devices, visit booth 3301.

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Explosion Protection from Oseco at NFPA 2011

Company to announce change to vent stocking program at booth 485

Broken Arrow, Okla. (May 20, 2011) – Delivering protection against dangerous over-pressurization in industrial processes, Oseco will feature its line of explosion vents at the National Fire Protection Association’s 2011 Conference and Expo.  The show will take place from June 12-14 at the Boston Convention Center in Boston, Mass.  Customers can learn more about Oseco’s explosion vents, and get information on dramatic changes to Oseco’s explosion vent stocking program at the company’s booth 485.

Oseco’s explosion vents on display at NFPA booth 485.

Oseco’s explosion vents on display at NFPA booth 485.

Oseco’s explosion vents are designed to vent deflagrations that occur as a result of combustible dust.  Common applications at risk of dust explosions include baghouses, dust collectors, bulk storage units, conveyance systems and ductwork.  As the NFPA and OSHA continue to enforce the regulations set forth in NFPA 68, it is imperative that processes involving explosive dust are properly vented in case of an explosion.  Oseco’s explosion vent stocking program focuses on common sizes and applications to help customers’ plants quickly and easily comply with NFPA and OSHA regulations.  The program features a lead time of only three days on orders of Oseco’s most widely used explosion vents.

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Oseco Helps MythBusters Determine “What is Bombproof?”

Rupture discs test plausibility of a common movie scene

Broken Arrow, Okla. (April 21, 2011) – Leading rupture disc manufacturer Oseco has helped the cast from the TV show MythBusters test the feasibility of a popular movie myth.  In its fifth appearance for a myth entitled “What is Bombproof?” the show used Oseco’s rupture discs to determine the protection everyday objects offer the human body against an explosion.

An Oseco rupture disc rig hides behind a car to help the MythBusters determine “What Is Bombproof?”

An Oseco rupture disc rig hides behind a car to help the MythBusters determine “What Is Bombproof?”

The Discovery Channel’s MythBusters puts myths found in urban legend and movies to the test under real world conditions, to see if they are “Confirmed,” “Plausible” or “Busted.”  In the latest episode, the show placed Oseco rupture discs behind wooden tables, cars, dumpsters and brick walls to test how well these objects could shield the discs, and thereby a human from a blast.  The myth comes from a common movie scene, where characters dive behind everyday objects and are protected from a nearby explosion.

The MythBusters cast used discs calibrated to burst at 13psi and 75psi, which are the amounts of force the human body can endure before experiencing injury and certain death.  First, discs were placed at intervals around a charge of 3lbs of C4 plastic explosive to establish injury and death zones at 20 and 10 feet from the epicenter without protection.

Having control data, the cast then tested wooden tables, cars, metal dumpsters and brick walls.  Each object was placed at 10 and 20 feet from a 3lbs charge of C4, with an Oseco rupture disc shielded behind the object. In a surprising conclusion, the cast confirmed that all objects prevented the blasts’ shockwaves from causing injury at 20 feet and death at 10 feet.  The most effective barrier, the brick wall, was able to protect against both death and injury at 10 feet.  However, the MythBusters did note that their experiments did not take the damage caused by flying shrapnel into consideration.

In the past, the MythBusters cast has turned to Oseco when they needed help measuring the destructive effects of explosions.  In previous episodes, Oseco’s discs were used to determine the protection water provides from explosions, and to test whether a person could be exposed to a blast that would “knock your socks off” without experiencing a deadly amount of force.

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Oseco Featured on Mythbusters Wednesday Night

Broken Arrow, Okla. (April 18, 2010) – Pressure relief specialist Oseco will be making its fifth appearance on the TV show Mythbusters. The episode, entitled “Running on Water,” airs this Wednesday night at 8 CDT on the Discovery Channel.

Mythbusters puts movie stunts and urban myths to the test in real world conditions, to see if they are “Confirmed”, “Plausible” or “Busted.”  In the past, the show has turned to Oseco’s rupture discs whenever they needed help measuring the force generated from an explosion.  In Oseco’s next appearance, its discs will be used in a segment called “What is Bombproof?” to determine the protection that everyday barriers, such as cars and concrete walls, offer to the human body against explosions.

Oseco will issue a full release with more details after the episode airs.

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