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Old 01-11-2009, 10:30 AM
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Steam engine animations

Ever wonder how a grasshopper beam engine works? Here's a site with animated line drawings for many types of steam engines:

Animated Engines

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Old 01-11-2009, 12:09 PM
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Very interesting !!! Thanks for the link
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Old 01-11-2009, 12:14 PM
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One of the animations is of a Gnome rotary engine, so now we know what's going on inside Leif's Sopwith Camel engine.

Thanks for this useful and intriguing site, Oliver.

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Old 01-11-2009, 12:26 PM
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Neat Site

Hi Oliver,

That's a neat site. I like simple, base line explanations like this.

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Old 01-11-2009, 03:31 PM
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Excellent! First time I'm even close to beginning to understand the workings of one of these rotary engines. What surprised me most is that there really is one fixed point - which is OFF CENTER of rotation. Must have been mounted to the backside. Got to remember this somehow. - L.

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Old 01-11-2009, 05:53 PM
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Note that there is one fixed point off-center of the axis of rotation. Never would have guessed that was the way it worked. Must have been mounted on the fixed back-plate.

That is the offset of the crankshaft. Remember the crankshaft was fixed and the engine went round it.

I see my quote is from the other thread - hey ho.

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Old 01-11-2009, 10:56 PM
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Very cool link, thank you!
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