Tuesday, January 26, 2010
hopefully this is a clearer description.
(the next task is figuring how this contraption sits atop a tower)
sent out some rough figures to the "lab" to calculate some estimates of forces involved. the numbers will give me a sense of if i'm even designing on the right scale.
how much horsepower can a single piston in a stationary steam engine produce and how does that relate to the torque down a series of gears?
how much how much energy is going to be needed to rotate a 5-10 ton disk around a centered pivot?
something tells me the stationary steam engine is going to need to be larger, but even a few horsepower could be all that is needed.
we'll see what the numbers say, when they come back.
Posted by Andris Liepnieks