Inaugurated in 2003, it contained one million liters of water in a tank of cast acrylic “in loco”.
The aquarium simply “exploded”, said the spokesman for the fire department. The walls broke at 5:50 am (1:50 am GMT), killing fish and slightly injuring two people.
Although the causes of the incident are still unknown, Tilt
heard the physicist and UFABC researcher, Rogério Dias, and listed some possibilities:
today was a very cold day in Berlin, below a degree, which may have led to a contraction excessive water and generated micro-tensions in the wall of the aquarium, leading to the explosion.
The size : the greater the capacity of a space, the greater the process of contraction and expansion of the product.
The shape: the cylindrical shape spreads stress throughout the product, which would lead to an overall wall failure. Unlike what would happen in a standard aquarium, in which the tension would be concentrated on just one of the walls. That is, rectangular ones are safer, which is why they are more common.