Tuesday, 6 November 2012
Update on my reconstruction of Johann Bessler's Wheel.
Although I am unable to do any work on my wheel currently, I thought I'd update you on the situation as it is. I'm still working with five mechanisms for reasons I have explained on my web site at http://www.besslerswheel.com/
You will also see that I am committed to the parametric oscillation theory in which a weight passes downwards in an outer position, relative to the axle, and then at six o'clock flies upwards in just the same way that a 'kiiking ' rider straightens his legs at that point in order to raise his centre of gravity towards the axle.
I am currently striving to get the weights to operate in the way Bessler described, shooting upwards at that point. I completely understand why they must perform this part quickly and I can make each one ascend gently, but not actually shoot upwards and the result is that the lift is a too late.
The idea is that once the wheel has completed a fifth of a turn, the next mechanisms acts in the same way to continue the rotation, however without a quick lift, the next mechanism doesn't arrive at the position in which it has to rise! I believe I know how to improve the speed of the lift and make it shoot upwards and once I've constructed it and proved to myself that that part of the mechanism works, I should in theory be able to move on to the next bit which is constructing a fully working wheel.
The chief problem I have encountered over the last couple of years is getting the mechanism adjusted correctly. I know that is an excuse everyone uses, but in truth, copying a working wheel might have seemed easy to Karl, who suggested it was so simple a carpenter's boy could make one if he was allowed to st udy it for a short while, but trying to get it right from scratch with nothing to guide you except some misleading clues is another matter. In my case I have had to fall back on trial and error and it is a lengthy process but I remain confident that I shall get there eventually. As before, once I know imy work is not going to result in a working model, I will release all my designs for public consumption.
By the way, the delay in wheel work is due to members of my family moving in to our house for a few months, but hopefully once the move is completed in the next couple of weeks, I can get back to work on my wheel.
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