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Model: F06 Davies Spherical Engine
(Voigt/Reuleaux)
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Model Metadata
Taxonomy:
Voigt
Group:
Crank Chamber Mechanisms
ID:
F06
Title (English):
Davies Spherical Engine
Title (German):
Davies Kurbelkapselwerke
Creator:
Franz Reuleaux
Date Created:
1882-00-00
Manufacturer:
Gustav Voigt Werkstatt
Size:
Base: Width x Depth [310,151]mm; Overall: W x D x Height [393,151,207]mm
Medium:
cast iron and brass on wood pedestal
Rights:
For educational use only. All rights reserved by the contributor(s) and publisher(s).
Audience:
General public
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Description:
This is a model of a spherical steam engine invented by Davies in 1826. The mechanism is similar to a Hookes joint. The outer part of the model consists of glass sections of a spherical surface. The inside is devided into four rotating chambers, similar to the Wankel Engine developed in the mid 20th century. This invention is remarkable for its three dimensional design. (F.Moon, 2001) This engine received a great deal of attention after its invention in 1830; the interest and the reason for its eventual disuse are described in Reuleaux KINEMATICS of MACHINERY. "There are considerable difficulties in the way of waking a steam-tight line of contact of the disc and the cones. -- The bravado in machine construction appears to make light of all difficulties." One of these engines was used for a while prior to 1857, but with little or no success, to run the presses of the LONDON TIMES. (H. Roehl, c. 1950)
Descr Author:
Francis Moon
Descr Date:
2003-05-29
Image Metadata
Title:
F06. Davies Spherical Engine
Rights:
Jon Reis/www.jonreis.com. Jon Reis Photography grants Cornell University Libraries, and the Cornell College of Engineering the rights to display copyrighted images of the Reuleaux Collection of Kinematic Mechanisms on the Cornell University and National Science Digital Library web sites and for unlimited use in Cornell University Library publications for education purposes only. Rights for all other uses such as editorial, advertising, web use and display by third parties not affiliated with Cornell University are reserved by the photographer.
Descr:
Date Created:
2005-01-19 11:02:16
URL:
http://kmoddl.library.cornell.edu/stillImages/small/F06.jpg
Size (w x h):
384 x 288

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