A Brief Illustrated History of Machines and Mechanisms by Emilio Bautista Paz, Marco Ceccarelli, Javier Echávarri

By Emilio Bautista Paz, Marco Ceccarelli, Javier Echávarri Otero, José Luis Muñoz Sanz

This paintings offers with mechanical production techniques in background, tested during the machines linked to these procedures. a device is simply integrated whether it is a part of a computing device software, with units made from relocating elements. as soon as the analytical box has been marked out, the selected descriptive procedure is essentially graphic.
This historic compendium makes an attempt to offer a wide-angle view of historic improvement with no making an in-depth research of every of the examples awarded. furthermore, this booklet illustrates the ancient improvement of machines and mechanisms extra from a technical standpoint instead of a strictly background of technological know-how perspective because the authors are mechanical engineers who're and influenced to check the main major proof of their personal quarter of information of the idea of Machines and Mechanisms. a whole realizing of the historic improvement of know-how additionally wishes assistance from specialists in technical concerns who can take pleasure in and reconsider bygone achievements within the gentle in their personal technical wisdom. extra collaboration among technological know-how historians and technical specialists is required, as is at present the case within the box of business Archaeology. therefore, this ebook can also be an try and set out a technical method of the historic improvement of machines and mechanisms, yet with out too many technical info that would hinder its knowing being in basic terms historical.
At the start of every bankruptcy there's a worldwide connection with the interval embraced, the main appropriate proof, and the main major treatises within the context of desktop historical past. Following this advent each one bankruptcy features a sequence of sections at the sorts of machines which are consultant of the interval analysed including illustrations to accompany the textual content. a reasonably vast bibliography allows the reader to make a deeper ancient research.

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Each floor had one or more doors. These horizontal circumferences housed different figures and mechanisms with sounds such as gongs or drums. 24). In the book ”Xin Yi Xiang Fa Yao”, Su Song describes the clock by stating that it contains over 400 parts, including eight groups that work differently and were made of different mechanisms. Among the 63 drawings that are devoted to the clock, 47 are aimed at explaining how the mechanisms works. In general, Chinese technology influenced both bordering and nearby countries.

According to Dr. C. 7b, it consisted of a series of pipes that were installed on a platform under which there was a pipe for compressed air. The air was compressed by a pedal pump. 7 The organ by Ctesibius: (a) in an ancient mosaic; (b) a reconstruction showing how the keys work (From B. Woodcroft’s translation of “Pneumatics” [137]) a tank was submerged in a water container. When air was pumped into the tank, the water passed to an outer container. Under each pipe was a perforated wooden board.

This book is a collection of the most important military techniques of the time and it includes 160 diagrams of machines. Among these diagrams are some catapults that have evolved considerably as compared to the first ancient models. Regarding hydraulic engineering, the golden age can be identified somewhen between the tenth and fourteenth centuries. There are some books that particularly mark this evolution: the “Meng Xi Bi Tan” (“The Dream Swimming-pool”, 1086) by Shen Kuo; the “Xin Yi Xiang Fa Yao” (“New Design for an Armillary Sphere and a Celestial Globe”, 1089) by Su Song, and the “Nong Shu” (“Agricultural Treatise”, 1313) by Wang Zhen.

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