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Launcher Air Filtration Facility Cont.

Access door to the filtration area.  Finally, a place where you can stand up straight if you happen to be more than 4'5" tall!


This structure is cylindrical and 18' in diameter by 40' deep.  Everything here has a foot of rattle space in case of any seismic unpleasantness caused by enemy strikes near the complex.


Here on the left side of the filtration facility, raw surface air was drawn in through four 48" blast valves (only 1 is visible from here) and then through the inlets to the cyclonic dust separator on the right.


Once again we see the electrical cable running along the floor and through the blast valve.


In this area, dust and particulate was removed by cyclonic dust separators and then the air was drawn through filters and warmed and humidified before being forced out into the site.  Let's have a look to our left...


Black monitor and control boxes next to the centrifugal fan.  These boxes were everywhere throughout the complex and were manufactured by Foxboro.  I'm sure you'll sleep better knowing that...


On the right is the inlet to the fan.  Standing here with the fan on would be a very bad idea I think.  A radiation detector was located in this area to alert the crew of any contamination entering the air handling system.  Still not sure what they would do if any was detected...


Moving back to the blast valves...  


A closer view of one of the 48" blast valves.  The actual closures (once attached on the other side of the openings) have been removed for scrap allowing a view to the other side and the intake shaft. 


If we sneak around to the right and avoid falling about 10 feet into the gap between the dust collector and the blast valves, we can see what's going on with the air flow through here:


Few people are aware that the Phantom of the Opera would hide himself in the tunnels of a Titan complex.  Here you can see the pipes for the organ.  Every site had one.  Really.  No foolin'.


Ok, this could possibly be the cyclonic dust collector...  A short and narrow door through the bulkhead and we're in this sealed area.  Air from the inlets was forced through these funnel-shaped tubes where it swirled up and out.  Swirling the air in these tubes caused any dust or particulate to settle out into hoppers below.  


On the right is another pressure accumulator for the blast valves.


You may have noticed an open hatch back by the blast valves.  We'll check out what's below next...


The rest of the filtration facility is down here.


Below we find the rest of the dust collector apparatus and access as well as personnel access to the air intake shaft.  Get down there already! 


Down below is the rest of the filtration equipment.  There's only about 6 feet of clearance in here so you have to watch your head.  On the left are the hoppers where all the dust and particulate from the cyclonic dust separator collected.  The hatch hanging open was access to remove accumulated dust. 


On the lower level


Let's just have a look inside that hatch shall we?  (You have no choice so just play along)


Run for your life!  It's the hive of the CyberBees!!


...Or it might just be the bottom of the cyclonic dust separators.  Here you can see how these marvels of engineering worked:  Air was fed into the separators from the side and swirled upward through these tubes while dust settled out the bottom here.  The air emerged above and then was further filtered and conditioned before being forced out into the tunnels.


There's not much else to see in this area so let's have a look at the air shaft.


Another corrugated liner for the air shaft.  The shaft is 5' in diameter and runs about 40' to the surface.  Although there is a ladder, it is not clear whether this was a viable escape route.  It's definitely not the route to take if you're in a big hurry to get outside.


Stepping through a very robust 4'x4' blast door (not shown, sorry.  I only have 10 megs to work with here) and were on the other side of the blast valves and a very thick concrete wall.  This beam is held by fist-sized bolts.  


Let's take a look at the air shaft-- oh wait, first let's look at this:


This is the base of the ladder in the foreground of the previous picture.  Iron oxide and some suspicious crystals are forming on it.  Now rust, that I get, but what the hell are these crystals?  It ain't rock candy folks!


Looking up the air shaft.  Notice the strange angles in the ladder and the lack of light shining down from above.  This is because the ladder was hacked off with a torch just above the opening and a one-inch thick steel plate followed by a rather large concrete block were placed on top.  From the looks of it, this placement was anything but gentle.


The bottom of the airshaft:  Final resting place of that electrical cable we've been breathlessly following since tunnel junction #12.


Clearly you can't get out this way.  You'll have to go back (or use the links at the top-- that's what they're there for!) out the way you came.



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