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Drakkith
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i know i was just wondering if any one had any theories on what i could be (in the film or how it could be done in real life). i do know iron man isn't real
It can't be anything. It doesn't exist and cannot exist in the real world.
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Sep17-12, 10:13 AM
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i dont think you understood what is was saying. im asking firstly how something like that could be propelled (and dont say it cant because rockets or jets could do it i want to know if there is a better way) and secondly i was just asking out of interest if they ever say in the film what it is supposed to be propelling the iron man suit or what you think it is supposed to be even if they dont say (and yes i know the answer will be fictional i was just asking)
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i dont think you understood what is was saying. im asking firstly how something like that could be propelled (and dont say it cant because rockets or jets could do it i want to know if there is a better way) and secondly i was just asking out of interest if they ever say in the film what it is supposed to be propelling the iron man suit or what you think it is supposed to be even if they dont say (and yes i know the answer will be fictional i was just asking)
It cannot be rockets or jets. The suit doesn't have room for enough fuel for sustained flight. Not even close. It would have to use the suits power supply and use the air itself as a propellent somehow.

I'm not sure what your issue is. You came here asking what it could be. Well, it cannot be anything real at all. If you want to know something fictional it could be, well why are you here? They explained it in the movie that its an arc reactor! Because there is no such thing as an arc reactor, and real physics cannot be used to describe how it works, they don't go into details, as it would be nonsense.
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Sep17-12, 02:22 PM
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once again im not asking how the ironman suit could be propelled with real tech i was asking how a suit could be propelled with real tech. i know there would need to be fuel of some kind for it to work. the second part of my question was simply out of interest because i wanted to know if they did say with some sci fi tech or if it was never mentioned. you have now answered that so thank you but i dont know why you why you were fixating on that part of my question or why you think i have issues. also i would recommend reading the title of this thread "New Design approximates Iron Man's Arc Reactor Technology" then reading your comment "there is no such thing as an arc reactor" then giving it a think and coming back to me. i know this design isn't for a real ark reactor or anything like what is in the film but it seems stupid saying technology doesn't exist on a thread discussing real tech that is designed to work in similar ways (although obviously not exactly the same) as the fictional tech you are raging about.
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once again im not asking how the ironman suit could be propelled with real tech i was asking how a suit could be propelled with real tech. i know there would need to be fuel of some kind for it to work. the second part of my question was simply out of interest because i wanted to know if they did say with some sci fi tech or if it was never mentioned.
Jet packs are a well known device first seen in science fiction. There are jet packs that have been developed in real life. I saw one at the Worlds Fair in New York sometime in the 1960's. Real jet packs have been used in some space walks by real astronauts.
Most jet packs are fastened to the persons back. Furthermore, the apertures are designed to release the propellant far enough away from the astronaut that he doesn't get hurt.
Jet packs rely on the Newton's Third Law. A chemical propellant is used. A chemical reaction raises the pressure of the gas. The gas is released. The action force pushing the gas backward pushes the jet pack forward, with rider.
There have been a lot of SF movies featuring jet packs. "The Rocketman" is an excellent movie describing a sort of WWII super hero (the rocketman). Als, there was some serial in the 1930's which featured a rocket man.
Yes, jet packs really exist. They have limited application because they are so bulky. It takes a lot of propellant to move a man at any speed. The usual propellant is peroxide. The chemical reaction releases a lot of gas at a low temperature.
I thought most people knew about jet packs. In any case, I was answering you. Maybe it sounded like sarcasm. Okay, it was sarcasm. However, I really was describing what I am pretty sure was "exposition" of the movie. I pride myself in understanding techno babble. I can follow what the special effects are doing. So I was explaining it.
The writers and special effects people were very specifically saying that the Iron Man suit was NOT a jet pack. The dialog, computer screens and operation of the Iron man suit implied that it was breaking the Newton's Third Law.
I can't go through a line by line analysis of the movie. However, it was stated that Tony Stark had developed something called "repulsor rays" that specifically violated Newton's Third Law.
Not only were repulsor rays used in his suit, but they were even being used in the missiles that he was selling the government. He had invented missiles that weren't rockets. The missiles that he blows things up with at the beginning of the movie didn't have rocket exhaust. They were moving by repulsor rays that never left the missile.
The same thing goes for his suit. He wears cylinders on his belt that fly him. However, there is no exhaust coming from the cylinders. He doesn't place the cylinders far from his body because he doesn't have to. They don't emit propellant.
When he waves his palm and the rays come out, things are pushed away or pulled toward him. However, the suit itself is not pushed or pulled. This violates the Third Law of Newton.
I think the writers played fair with dialog. It wasn't gibberish, it was just impossible. They presented the pseudoscience in highly technical, hard to follow jargon. However, they did stick to the internal logic of their technology. The dialog, plot and special effects were consistent with the idea.
Daddy Stark had beaten Newton's Third Law! Tony's father had developed a device that violates conservation of momentum! All Daddies devices, and all of Tony"s devices, are based on repulsor rays! Under conditions that are sufficient for conservation of momentum, momentum is not conserved.
Note that Superman's flying power similarly violates conservation of momentum. You could have asked how Superman's flying power works. You would have gotten similar answers. Superman can violate conservation of momentum. That is a given.
The closest thing that I could think of for Ironman's suit is the jet pack. However, the jet pack doesn't violate Newton's Third Law. Jet packs conserve momentum.
Modern science has been unable to find any violation of the "conservation of momentum law" under the conditions where it is supposed to apply. So there is no tech capable of reproducing in total Iron Mans flying power, or Superman's flying power. The same goes for Green Lanterns ring, the legion of Superheroes "Flight Rings", Thor's Hammer and a score of other fantasy flight devices.
So the closest thing that I can recommend for real tech simulating his suit is jet packs. There are a number of jet packs used for demo purposes. Then, there are those space walks. If that is not a good answer for you, then please help me with the following.
Please tell me how to simulate the Green Lantern's power ring with real technology. I have tried so hard with green LEDs. I am trying red LEDs now. However, I find myself getting angry (I don't know why). That justifies my rude response ;-)
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Sep17-12, 05:16 PM
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once again im not asking how the ironman suit could be propelled with real tech i was asking how a suit could be propelled with real tech. i know there would need to be fuel of some kind for it to work.
Then you should make a greater effort to be clear about exactly what you are asking, as I cannot see anywhere in any of your posts where you asked about how a real life suit of power armor could be propelled, only some vague questions about how "it" would be propelled or powered in real life.

also i would recommend reading the title of this thread "New Design approximates Iron Man's Arc Reactor Technology" then reading your comment "there is no such thing as an arc reactor" then giving it a think and coming back to me. i know this design isn't for a real ark reactor or anything like what is in the film but it seems stupid saying technology doesn't exist on a thread discussing real tech that is designed to work in similar ways (although obviously not exactly the same) as the fictional tech you are raging about.
First, that isn't the title of the thread, . Second, a real life "approximation" of Iron Man's arc reactor from a thread here on PF does NOT count as a real arc reactor. You even said so yourself in the quote above! Please, make some sense or else this thread will simply go nowhere.
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It's really not reasonable to keep asking how a fictional device that breaks the laws of physics could be made to work in the real world. A reasonable discussion -- in this subforum of Physics Forums, perhaps should include what physical laws are violated by the device in question, so I'll close things off by quoting from a couple posts back:

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The writers and special effects people were very specifically saying that the Iron Man suit was NOT a jet pack. The dialog, computer screens and operation of the Iron man suit implied that it was breaking the Newton's Third Law.
I can't go through a line by line analysis of the movie. However, it was stated that Tony Stark had developed something called "repulsor rays" that specifically violated Newton's Third Law.
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Daddy Stark had beaten Newton's Third Law! Tony's father had developed a device that violates conservation of momentum!
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