few examples of my 3D animation work at KMi.
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An Otto Lillienthal (1848-96) glider. His study of the flight of birds influenced the design of his gliders. Although he met his death flying one of his creations, they were superb gliders for the time.
A Frenchman Victor Tatin (1843-1913), built a successful flying model in 1879 powered by an engine, running on compressed air, driving two tractor propellers. It was tethered to a pole in the centre of a circular test track.
In 1848 successful trials of this monoplane, designed by John Stringfellow, took place in an 80ft long factory building. It was powered by a well designed small steam engine and ran along a wire from which it was automatically released.
Thomas Newcomen (1663-1729), designed and built a steam engine housed in a large building near Dudley Castle in Tipton in 1712, used to pump out water from a coal mine. This cutaway animation shows the control mechanism in detail. More...
Water Wheel Experiment
John Smeaton (1724 - 1792 ) one of the most important engineers of the 18th century, devised this experiment to find the most efficient type of water wheel, a major source of industrial power at the time. Water flowed though a channel via an adjustable gate, turning the wheel. He used the weight and pullys (a lot farther away from the wheel in reality) to calculate the wheel's efficiency.
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