- Paperback: 174 pages
- Publisher: Nabu Press (September 4, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1178376826
- ISBN-13: 978-1178376821
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,112,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I looked all over, and called all kinds of people trying to find real engineering design criteria for paddlewheels. There isn't much out there. There are a few books, that give rules of thumb, for design and contruction of waterwheels, but this is the only one that is an engineering text, complete with the physics and math of why and how they work.
During the beginning of the industrial revolution, water was the prime power source, and the United States, and the European nations were doing a lot of research on paddlewheels, and how to make them more efficient. When Tesla figured out how to build an efficient electric motor, generator and distribution system, nearly all of the research in paddle wheels ended. There was still quite a bit on turbines and Pelton wheels, because they can turn generators.
This book, was written when the paddle wheel was still the king, and captured the state of the art, when that art was at it's pinacle.
This isn't a coffee table book for those with out an engineering, or physics background. It is an engineering manual on how to design efficient paddle wheels, and covers the topic better than any other I found in a year of looking.
1900's then this is your book.
Very compact and to the point...zero fluff.
This is not a history book.
Order only the light blue copy because that is a replica and not an OCR'd book!