Pykrete: The Super Ice.

Every so often I like to check in with the folks at Memepool to see what cool things they’ve come across recently. Today I came across an entry talking about the history of a World War II “secret weapon” that never came to pass: giant ships made out of ice.

This super ice called pykrete is what results when you take ordinary water and add-in sawdust until the sawdust composes about 14% of the mixture. Then you just simply freeze it and the results are both bizarre and amazing. The ice becomes strong enough to build massive structures with and it melts so slowly that only a small cooling device is needed to effectively keep it frozen indefinitely.  The coolest part about pykrete is the fact that you can actually make some yourself at home and experiment with it.

As my grandmother used to say, “You learn something new every day.”

2 thoughts on “Pykrete: The Super Ice.

  1. There’s a number of different ways, but the most common is to use sawdust instead of wood pulp (because it’s easier to get hold of). You want a mixture somewhere around the 10 to 14% sawdust to water depending on who you ask.

    It’s also possible to make it out of newspaper as the Mythbusters did on one episode. You can watch that segment on their site by clicking here

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