How Do Nuclear Submarines Make Oxygen?- Smarter Every Day 251

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  • SmarterEveryDay


    6 dias atrás

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    • Chip Elliott

      Chip Elliott

      2 horas atrás

      How many candles do these subs carry?

    • Dan Quayles ITS SPELT POTATOE!

      Dan Quayles ITS SPELT POTATOE!

      2 horas atrás

      @Brett Moore I know about the submarine o2 but how about the iss? Have your tried a search engine? Tell an person an answer they will ask simple questions on and on! Teach a person to use a search engine then you dont have to waste time reading simple questions that can be answered with a search engine!

    • Gw Builder

      Gw Builder

      3 horas atrás

      @Stan Ervin Simple answer. The Chinese actually tried this exact experiment on the dark side of the moon in recent years with complete failure. Other similar experiments are being done on the space station with some success, but sunlight is still necessary. Some micro organisms were tested with success, but that information is apparently not available to the public. The idea is reasonable until put into reality. All known oxygen producing plant life (including algae) sufficient for human breathing require some form of sunlight in their photosynthetic process for oxygen to be produced. Submarines have been in existence since the Civil war, if there was a way to utilize plants in some form or other I'm sure the scientific community would be celebrating it right now. The Mars missions depend on such a discovery. There are multiple test facilities around the world challenging people to survive in the most inhospitable environments in preparation for the Mars missions and oxygen generation is the number one priority, water is second, and food, survivability along with many other situations follow in priority after that. In this instance there is overwhelming evidence in the proof of concept phase to eliminate that particular possibility, at least for now. I agree that there is always new information developing and the idea is absolutely reasonable to continue research because perhaps someone will indeed discover the missing ingredient. I actually grow, propagate, graft, and merge different species of plants and trees. Trying to maintain these plants in their optimal environment is challenging enough, imagine the types of modification required to sustain them without those systems. I am sure some of those modifications are probably happening on the station. The purpose is to go beyond the information we already have and explore new possibilities. I think the plant and algae ideas have huge merit; however, there are significant setbacks because with reduced sunlight oxygen production is reduced and toxicity is increased. The unknown is where the real possibilities are just waiting to be discovered.

    • Dr. Lex Winter

      Dr. Lex Winter

      4 horas atrás

      @Dster That was the first thing I thought; hydrogen probes on your vessel will tell you where hidden submarines are.

    • Dr. Lex Winter

      Dr. Lex Winter

      5 horas atrás

      @SmarterEveryDay You may want to do some research into Raycon. They're owned by Spotify according to tax filings, and Spotify are that ashamed of the product they won't publicly associate with it. Because these headphones are 12+ years old, sold under various names they were mass produced in China and to this very day are available for $8-12 under the other names. Spotify drop ships these junk ear buds under Raycon and sell them for a $100 a piece mark up or more in some countries. They are not a good product. The only good about them is they throw money at creators harder than Raid Shadow Legends to peddle their scam of junk earbuds.

  • the Yesinator

    the Yesinator

    5 minutos atrás

    I am smartly dumb.

  • Maherda Ekananda

    Maherda Ekananda

    7 minutos atrás

    I wonder is this method are also use at aircraft in mission that flying at nuclear warfare such as E-4 Airborne Command Post or WC-135 Constant Phoenix.....?

  • ideally CHIC

    ideally CHIC

    21 minuto atrás

    The old-fashioned supermarket superficially crawl because tugboat regularly hover through a known celery. quiet, adjoining mustard

  • ScottNJ


    36 minutos atrás

    Brilliant info. Who knew if you've not been a submariner. No trolling intended, all due respect to PO2 Dow and Destin. 1) PO Dow, please articulate when interviewed. Your service and knowledge are greatly appreciated. 2) Desitn please coach your interviewee.

  • Saintraft


    55 minutos atrás

    ahh yes... imagine if we had upgraded nuclear tech instead of abandoning it all these decades... fascinating stuff.

  • Ck digital The Q of 6th

    Ck digital The Q of 6th

    Hora atrás

    They mastered the production task of O2 to last very long, but not infinate, which is why they surface eventually. This kind of 'Oxygen'nizing'(to nick name it) still renders in excise of carbon build up stored away, which could be combined with other elements, like say hydrogen to conjure food as carbohydrates, so on a planet like Mars, these resource are not to limited, depending where you are or how long you must be there, if humans ever master pure artifical production of atmospher, they wouldn't need a planetary realms to survive.

  • Eric Starling

    Eric Starling

    Hora atrás

    I'm an ex A-ganger on an 688I boat. This exact boat type he visited. Awesome memories

  • ʟᴏɴᴇᴠᴇɴᴛʜᴏʀɪᴢᴏɴ


    Hora atrás

    Does it really take 30mins to explain this?

  • Little69


    Hora atrás

    Plz make a reverse osmosis video

  • J Alexander Bill

    J Alexander Bill

    Hora atrás

    shocking lack of comments on Princess Boopersnoot.

  • goguhu


    Hora atrás

    Kink is pretty much Dutch for 'brick'. It's the residue ash from burning, hardening into a ... brick.

  • Bernie Lomax

    Bernie Lomax

    Hora atrás

    I used to build the HEX power supplies that run the oxygen generating equipment in the Ohio class. Small company called Treadwell had that contract and they outsourced most of the work to other contractors, we got a lot of that work for 30 years.

  • Caesar Ong

    Caesar Ong

    2 horas atrás

    I cringed a bit when you said "filtered by reverse osmosis". We in the membrane community usually refers to filtration as anything mechanically separated, ultrafiltration is the cutoff for mechanical filtration, anything with smaller pores/molecular void spaces like nanofiltration and osmotic processes we call membrane separation. It can be a bit confusing since "nanofiltration" has the word filter in the name.

  • Logan Cook

    Logan Cook

    2 horas atrás

    Ask someone what happens if there is a leak on a nuclear sub. I'd bet the farm they would have a more intelligent answer than "well then we would have a leak". Thanks don petit. Sorry but you mentioned the lunar lander and i remembered when you asked Don about a leak in a space situation.

  • Chuck Whitson

    Chuck Whitson

    2 horas atrás

    I bet with the body odor, facts, bad breath it must smell terrible Inside after months

    • Grampy Meyer

      Grampy Meyer

      2 horas atrás

      It smells terrible the minute you board.

  • Woody Wang

    Woody Wang

    2 horas atrás

    Everyone knows people on subs take shallow breaths thats why....geeesh



    2 horas atrás

    Salam dari Indonesia

  • Mahesh Babu

    Mahesh Babu

    2 horas atrás

    Really great video brother 💗💗💗💗💗💐💐💐💐💐💐Always God is with you 💐💐💐💐 ஓம் நமசிவாயம் ஓம் நமசிவாயம் ஓம் நமசிவாயம் ஓம் நமசிவாயம்



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  • Revtune


    2 horas atrás

    These ships literally have a natural gas plant on board. Amine towers, scrubbers, conditioners, yikes. Those things are jammed packed.

  • diego g.

    diego g.

    2 horas atrás

    21:35 how many pens does he has to carry?

  • The banana lord Who rules all

    The banana lord Who rules all

    2 horas atrás


  • Dilan Singh

    Dilan Singh

    2 horas atrás

    I saw carbon dioxide kill co2 on cams and vent

  • The chaos system

    The chaos system

    2 horas atrás

    Loved all this information and the candles that’s cool never knew about the candles but everything else expected knew about and keep on with the education much appreciate it and it’s always good to refresh your memory on things that way you can never forget

  • Darren Swails

    Darren Swails

    2 horas atrás

    20:33 look like an outline of a whale to his right..

  • André Luz

    André Luz

    2 horas atrás

    clinkers because of cement

  • Shawn Wilson

    Shawn Wilson

    3 horas atrás

    Thanks for helping me with my fish checkout 👍

  • Revtune


    3 horas atrás

    We use sniffers in the oil and gas industry to find gas leaks and other harmful gasses such as H2S and explosive gasses.

  • newbiekunchannel


    3 horas atrás

    Topic Suggestion!!! "Military MRE" how is made, what is the science behind the calories to an actual soldier is using (carring guns, ammo, supplies)

  • Eddie


    3 horas atrás

    Cold liquids tend to absorb (for lack of a better term) gasses more readily than warm liquids. This explains why cold amine is sprayed, compressed...etc.

  • KodyKK


    3 horas atrás

    To preface this I don't work on a submarine but I have ran amine units. Usually the exchanger to heat up the rich amine before the stripper is exchanging heat with the hot lean amine to cool it before meeting up with the gas, in this case the air. Lean amine usually works best when its somewhere around 15 degrees warmer than the gas it is coming into contact with.

  • Jay Patterson

    Jay Patterson

    3 horas atrás

    Brilliant and detailed explanation of all the processes. I thought it was much more simple, and I had no idea they had to use oxygen candles and have a controlled metal fire onboard the sub, YIKES!!! Amazing solution but it seems so brute force when operating beside a nuclear reactor!

  • UShaikh1


    3 horas atrás

    today we become smarter with dustin

  • Chucky Cheese

    Chucky Cheese

    3 horas atrás

    That kid is so smart! What a nice lad

  • Jay Playz

    Jay Playz

    3 horas atrás

    So that’s how pavel stays down there so lomg

  • Ziffer777


    4 horas atrás

    But where do they get the nitrogen from?

  • Jason Lin

    Jason Lin

    4 horas atrás

    Do oxygen with baking soda right?

  • Josh Keller

    Josh Keller

    4 horas atrás

    Why wouldn't they be using the co2 as source of power



    4 horas atrás


  • bleustraveller


    4 horas atrás

    Bill Gates says cow farts and submarines cause global warming.

  • JuJu B

    JuJu B

    4 horas atrás

    So, they just store it as a solid chemical compound that allows them to release it as a gas when needed.

  • Bryan Duke

    Bryan Duke

    4 horas atrás

    Carbon scrubbers like in bubble less tanks in diving

  • jeremy


    4 horas atrás

    Sir we're going to need you to get back these candles get extremely hot.
    Destin: *gets closer*

  • Erick Tun

    Erick Tun

    4 horas atrás

    This was fascinating and educational. Thanks Destin!

  • viktor gregovic

    viktor gregovic

    4 horas atrás

    Among us players:„cams”

  • cam261


    4 horas atrás

    Who downvotes a video like this? 😂 awesome stuff.

  • Donkey Kong PEZ Dispenser

    Donkey Kong PEZ Dispenser

    4 horas atrás

    So the burning a candle gives you oxygen and salty rust? Or is it rusty salt? That is so cool!

  • 1Maklak


    5 horas atrás

    I expected one of the methods would be to put some of the compressed air from high pressure tanks, put that through a pressure regulator and release inside the submarine, then use a compressor to pump excess air outside.

  • Dj johnson

    Dj johnson

    5 horas atrás

    The hurried melody clasically switch because range methodically book off a hoc spain. idiotic, sick cucumber

  • Roary


    5 horas atrás

    Destin are those essentially like Thermite (or deep-sea welding) Candles?
    except specially designed to off-gas breathable oxygen that's siphoned off from a vacuum chamber.

  • GodOfCows


    5 horas atrás

    "Soviet spy gets intelligence on US sub" circa 1969

  • Craig Simpson

    Craig Simpson

    5 horas atrás

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  • Chop Labalagun

    Chop Labalagun

    5 horas atrás

    in other words MEA means the submarine farts co2

  • Ronald Leifur

    Ronald Leifur

    5 horas atrás

    Petty officer Dow knows his stuff. Bump him up a pay grade 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

  • Juggla Lee

    Juggla Lee

    5 horas atrás

    Im so glad I chose to watch this instead of another automotive video! Love Smarter!

  • Con Text

    Con Text

    5 horas atrás

    Thumbnail: "Why don't Subs run out of air?"
    Inappropriate Me: "Uhhhh-"

    • ASI ASI

      ASI ASI

      3 horas atrás

      Oh my god

  • Dr. Lex Winter

    Dr. Lex Winter

    5 horas atrás

    Who hasn't made an oxygen candle for fun? C'mon! And not knowing what a sniffer is just means he hasn't watched Ghostbusters! D: Or Das Boot for that matter! Shameful! That's now his homework for the day.

  • Eric Sell

    Eric Sell

    5 horas atrás

    This is cool! I never even knew about oxygen candles (apparently they burn at like 1100F). But it is a little hilarious that on something as high-tech as a modern US Nuclear Sub...they use 9-in nails to help keep everyone alive.
    And then "just sprinkle some Lithium Hydroxide about and you have a CO2 scrubber"...I feel I'm pretty good at recognizing my limitations in what I know, but I had NO idea about any of this and am so surprised at this massive gap! So cool!

  • Rushi Mithagare

    Rushi Mithagare

    5 horas atrás

    Not nuclear science but it's submarine science

  • just_a_guy


    5 horas atrás

    4:29 hi there, phil swift with flextape!!! the super strong air proof tape *slap*

  • David Prock

    David Prock

    5 horas atrás

    Graphite and Urea works better than Stainless steel and KOH

  • Dr. Lex Winter

    Dr. Lex Winter

    6 horas atrás

    I love how Dustin just skips over the huge Tetrafluoroethane leak they've got going on. :P

  • Lucas Pan

    Lucas Pan

    6 horas atrás

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  • LynxProd


    6 horas atrás

    I've been loving this series!!! Great job, Destin!

  • Dr. Lex Winter

    Dr. Lex Winter

    6 horas atrás

    When you already know the answer but have to watch the video so YouTube will stop recommending it in your next list every second of every day for weeks. .___.

  • stoner420


    6 horas atrás

    what do when run out of candles?

  • Gnome Chomsky

    Gnome Chomsky

    6 horas atrás

    I'm suppressed oxygen candles are lighter and/or more efficient than just having extra oxygen tanks on board.

  • HugoDaBozz


    6 horas atrás

    4:55 that guy looks like a blooper

  • Alan Winge

    Alan Winge

    6 horas atrás

    Do they have beans on the menu?

  • LynxEng


    6 horas atrás

    Is that Dow guy speaking English? He seems to be missing words out

  • hn4200


    6 horas atrás

    Can someone give me a tldr answer plz

  • frodev


    6 horas atrás

    Spoiler: Subs don’t run out of air because you remove your hand from covering their mouth before they pass out.

  • Parzival1780


    6 horas atrás

    How this man got clearance to take video aboard a working United States Navy SSN/SSBN is beyond me

  • Iam Sam

    Iam Sam

    6 horas atrás

    I liked this vid up until the advert for Raycon. (I still gave it a thumbs up.) The "Ray" in Raycon is for Ray J. Yes, that Ray J. He is one of the reasons why you can experience the Kardashians today.

  • Dockboy 2007

    Dockboy 2007

    6 horas atrás

    I expected plants to be down their

  • Jassimca2 Xd

    Jassimca2 Xd

    6 horas atrás

    This sounds like a npc talking to another npc...

  • Xyz Abc

    Xyz Abc

    7 horas atrás

    "Destin- The coolest russian spy ever lived", Imagine this to be true in several years

  • tom joe

    tom joe

    7 horas atrás

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  • Alan Bendi

    Alan Bendi

    7 horas atrás

    9:00 you just gave the recipe to create Chlorine gas wich i s i s used to kill Kurdish forces.

  • pingvinac


    7 horas atrás

    r134a = 7 :)

  • ramp agent 92

    ramp agent 92

    7 horas atrás

    Where can I get one of these candles?

  • MSF


    7 horas atrás

    Clinker : is from Dutch, and was originally used in English to describe Clinker bricks .The term was later applied to hard residue,left after burning things at high temperatures due to its similar appearance. Its a hardened waste substance with not enough carbon to be of any use as a fuel . it was sometimes used for pavement. So their spent candles might make handy garden edging 😉 . thats my unsolicited 2cents 😶

  • Tim Kimmel

    Tim Kimmel

    7 horas atrás

    That bald dude can't help photobombing and it's killing me. lol

  • Łukasz Tokarski

    Łukasz Tokarski

    7 horas atrás

    What type of submarine is it? It looks kinda old.

  • nick fifteen

    nick fifteen

    7 horas atrás

    Oh man, I dunno about you, but I would LOVE being in the middle of an R34 leak. Er... in assuming that means "Rule 34", right?
    (Oh wait, it's called R134.)

  • Adam Armstrong

    Adam Armstrong

    7 horas atrás

    im sure the answer to this ? is its classified, but im wondering what the numbers mean on the CAMS? maybe parts per million?

  • Absolute Territory

    Absolute Territory

    7 horas atrás

    Hey I knew chapman, served with him!

  • Adam Armstrong

    Adam Armstrong

    7 horas atrás

    wonder if dustin has ever been featured on r/13or30

  • Ryder Scheeren

    Ryder Scheeren

    7 horas atrás

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  • Wade Epperson

    Wade Epperson

    7 horas atrás

    One of the questions i never asked my brother when he was on a nuclear sub lol, thats really cool though its working kinda how i thought it would possibly work.

  • Vincent Pang

    Vincent Pang

    7 horas atrás

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  • mikajlod25


    7 horas atrás

    But how do you get the body odor out?

  • Dingle Berry

    Dingle Berry

    8 horas atrás

    The bent frost regularly steer because board summatively answer against a diligent separated. icy, troubled sled

  • Dwight Hostetter

    Dwight Hostetter

    8 horas atrás

    Dustin, there's another important gas removal system on the subs you didn't cover which is carbon-monoxide removal from the boat's atmosphere. Also, we always described the amine smell as a very strong fish smell.

  • Hoagie27


    8 horas atrás

    I hope there's more coming in this series. It's totally fascinating

  • eSSentialplays


    8 horas atrás

    A very interesting system. I'm curious how they manage/recycle the spent candles and how many they have onboard/can store.

  • Chalol Meza

    Chalol Meza

    8 horas atrás

    Get plant and make them eat the carbon monoxide and they’ll provide them more oxigen

  • Oscar MDX

    Oscar MDX

    8 horas atrás

    Why he keep saying boat if it's a Sub?