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show user profile  owtdor
At work I am re-working some old animations and the next on my list is an explosive bolt that holds the boosters on to the main fuel tank. There are 8 of them and they have to detonate at EXACTLY the same time or the shuttle will have a catastrophic failure. I am just brainstorming how to make this animation look cool at this point.
Right now I am thinking of having it in the acceleration phase after launch and before separation. I want to add some camera shake in After Effects later, but I am looking to have the rocket exhaust and when the separation happens I want to have some "smoke" emitting from the sites of the bolts. I am also considering "pausing" the animation and zooming in to see what is really going on inside the bolts and their housings. I would do this with a sort of x-ray effect inside of a box that can move around. Again this part would be done in post with After Effects.

Any other suggestions to make it look cool, or ideas on how best to pull this off?

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2/5/2009 9:44:40 AM (last edit: 2/5/2009 9:44:40 AM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
I've made almost exactly the same animation here at work, some time ago.
I had an overdone flash on the bolts, paused the action, and had a close-up diagram of a bolt blowing.

actually, they are called "frangible nuts", not explosive bolts :o)

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2/5/2009 9:53:47 AM (last edit: 2/5/2009 9:53:47 AM)
show user profile  owtdor
Hey Nik, any advice on this one?

I know it's a frangible nut, but we used the term explosive bolt to convey the concept to a layman jury. It just kind of stuck after that. The technical term was deemed to be too technical. We actually have a sliced version of the nut in our office as a thank you from the manufacturer.

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2/5/2009 10:43:27 AM (last edit: 2/5/2009 10:43:27 AM)
show user profile  Garp
Maybe you could make it 'flare' around the base of the bolts, the same way a wooden match flares before its flame turns into a candle-like shape. As if there was some fast burning chemical inside the bolts, leaving burn marks on the hull.
Don't know much about particles but I guess something moving fast with a short life span would do it.

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2/5/2009 11:01:38 AM (last edit: 2/5/2009 11:01:51 AM)
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