Biopyro wrote:jimmy101 wrote:In the vid it looks like a small diameter fitting failed, not the main chamber or the larger fittings. I suspect they torque'd it doing whatever it is they were doing to the "gun".
I'm sure PVC does indeed expand when pressurized. Perhaps not enough to see by eye but a strain gauge would have no trouble measuring the expansion. The tensile strength of PVC is pretty low.
Exactly, just because you don't see it, doesn't mean it doesn't do it. Larger PET bottle's don't visibly expand before they burst, but they do, just like the smaller ones.
They can, when we were doing (against the forum rules) it took no genius to see that the bottles were expanding, some of them even getting water balloon sized growths (rapid pressure increase) then exploding.
Of course this varies greatly from bottle to bottle, manufacturer to manufacturer. We also noted wrapping them in anything from duct tape to filament/fiberglass tape made them last much longer.