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Watt's linkage

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Watt's linkage (also known as the parallel linkage) is a type of mechanical linkage invented by James Watt (19 January 1736 – 25 August 1819) in which the central moving point of the linkage is constrained to travel on an approximation to a straight line. [1]

25 relations: Antiparallelogram, Beam axle, Beam engine, Cambridge University Press, Chebyshev linkage, Crossness Pumping Station, Encyclopædia Britannica, Four-bar linkage, Hart's inversor, Industrial Revolution, James Watt, Lemniscate, Lemniscate of Bernoulli, Linkage (mechanical), Matthew Boulton, Panhard rod, Parallel motion, Peaucellier–Lipkin linkage, Reciprocating engine, Single- and double-acting cylinders, Straight line mechanism, Supercars Championship, Suspension (vehicle), Watt steam engine, Watt's curve.


In geometry, an antiparallelogram is a quadrilateral having, like a parallelogram, two opposite pairs of equal-length sides, but in which the sides of one pair cross each other.

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Beam axle

A beam axle, rigid axle or solid axle is a dependent suspension design, in which a set of wheels is connected laterally by a single beam or shaft.

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Beam engine

A beam engine is a type of steam engine where a pivoted overhead beam is used to apply the force from a vertical piston to a vertical connecting rod.

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Cambridge University Press

Cambridge University Press (CUP) is the publishing business of the University of Cambridge.

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Chebyshev linkage

The Chebyshev linkage is a mechanical linkage that converts rotational motion to approximate straight-line motion.

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Crossness Pumping Station

The Crossness Pumping Station is a former sewage pumping station designed by the Metropolitan Board of Works's Chief Engineer Sir Joseph Bazalgette and architect Charles Henry Driver at the eastern end of the Southern Outfall Sewer and the Ridgeway path in the London Borough of Bexley.

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Encyclopædia Britannica

The Encyclopædia Britannica (Latin for "British Encyclopaedia"), published by Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., is a general knowledge English-language encyclopaedia.

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Four-bar linkage

A four-bar linkage, also called a four-bar, is the simplest movable closed chain linkage.

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Hart's inversor

Hart's inversor is one of two mechanisms that provides a perfect straight line motion without sliding guides.

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Industrial Revolution

The Industrial Revolution was the transition to new manufacturing processes in the period from about 1760 to sometime between 1820 and 1840.

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James Watt

James Watt (30 January 1736 (19 January 1736 OS) – 25 August 1819) was a Scottish inventor, mechanical engineer, and chemist who improved on Thomas Newcomen's 1712 Newcomen steam engine with his Watt steam engine in 1781, which was fundamental to the changes brought by the Industrial Revolution in both his native Great Britain and the rest of the world.

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In algebraic geometry, a lemniscate is any of several figure-eight or -shaped curves.

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Lemniscate of Bernoulli

In geometry, the lemniscate of Bernoulli is a plane curve defined from two given points F1 and F2, known as foci, at distance 2a from each other as the locus of points P so that PF1·PF2.

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Linkage (mechanical)

A mechanical linkage is an assembly of bodies connected to manage forces and movement.

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Matthew Boulton

Matthew Boulton (3 September 1728 – 17 August 1809) was an English manufacturer and business partner of Scottish engineer James Watt.

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Panhard rod

A Panhard rod (also called Panhard bar, track bar, or track rod) is a suspension link that provides lateral location of the axle.

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Parallel motion

The parallel motion is a mechanical linkage invented by the Scottish engineer James Watt in 1784 for the double-acting Watt steam engine.

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Peaucellier–Lipkin linkage

The Peaucellier–Lipkin linkage (or Peaucellier–Lipkin cell, or Peaucellier–Lipkin inversor), invented in 1864, was the first true planar straight line mechanism – the first planar linkage capable of transforming rotary motion into perfect straight-line motion, and vice versa.

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Reciprocating engine

A reciprocating engine, also often known as a piston engine, is typically a heat engine (although there are also pneumatic and hydraulic reciprocating engines) that uses one or more reciprocating pistons to convert pressure into a rotating motion.

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Single- and double-acting cylinders

Reciprocating engine cylinders are often classified by whether they are single- or double-acting, depending on how the working fluid acts on the piston.

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Straight line mechanism

In the late seventeenth century, before the development of the planer and the milling machine, it was extremely difficult to machine straight, flat surfaces.

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Supercars Championship

The Supercars Championship (known as the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship for sponsorship purposes) is a touring car racing category based in Australia and run as an International Series under Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) regulations.

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Suspension (vehicle)

Suspension is the system of tires, tire air, springs, shock absorbers and linkages that connects a vehicle to its wheels and allows relative motion between the two.

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Watt steam engine

The Watt steam engine (alternatively known as the Boulton and Watt steam engine) was the first type of steam engine to make use of a separate condenser.

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Watt's curve

In mathematics, Watt's curve is a tricircular plane algebraic curve of degree six.

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[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watt's_linkage

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