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Author Dakeyne Disc Engine
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Dakeyne Disc Engine
Posted: 25/09/2011 07:22:37
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For those interested in mine machinery and the like a recent book publication might be just the ticket. It's called "The Romping Lion" and tells the story of the Dakeyne Disc Engine. Although primarily developed for supplying motive power to a flax mill it was also used to lower water levels in Lathkill Dale mines.

A complimentary web site detailing it's history and use can be found here: http://dakeynediscengine.org/
and the mine application here: http://dakeynediscengine.org/mine.aspx

Book details Author: Paul Wigfull. ISBN 978-1-906789-50-3

I have to admit I was totally unaware of the existence of such an engine using water pressure and to me it will add a whole new dimension when visiting Bateman's House and looking down that huge shaft in the cellar.

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Posted: 25/09/2011 08:51:49
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I'm going to lose hours when I get home tonight... I love arcane "Shouldn't bloody work... but it does" stuff.
Cheers!

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Posted: 25/09/2011 09:11:51
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NewStuff wrote:

I'm going to lose hours when I get home tonight... I love arcane "Shouldn't bloody work... but it does" stuff.
Cheers!


I know just how you feel..............
If someone came to you and said I've invented an engine that:-
produces rotary motion, but........
does not itself turn during motion, consists of only 2 parts, has no valves and relies on water pressure. Then you would be inclined to say "You're off your head". Can I have some of what he's on Shocked
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Dakeyne Disc Engine
Posted: 25/09/2011 17:17:03
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It would appear they are still very much in use, driving meter read-outs.


Water meters, (from Wiki).

"The nutating disc meter which uses the same geometry and concept as the Dakeynes' original engine[12][13] is probably the most widely used flowmeter in the world, and it is claimed that more than half the water meters installed in domestic premises in the US and Europe are of this type".
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Posted: 25/09/2011 17:45:20
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Morlock wrote:

It would appear they are still very much in use, driving meter read-outs.


Water meters, (from Wiki).

"The nutating disc meter which uses the same geometry and concept as the Dakeynes' original engine[12][13] is probably the most widely used flowmeter in the world, and it is claimed that more than half the water meters installed in domestic premises in the US and Europe are of this type".

I think Kent water meters brought these out in about 1965/6

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Posted: 27/09/2011 02:18:38
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What a wonderfully impossible piece of engineering, and as the text implies, how on earth did he
think it up; where did he get his design inspiration?
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