Some uncommon mechanisms and systems. Legacy of a mechanical engineer.
This book describes a number of original mechanisms and systems conceived by the author along the very productive decades of his life. The degree of development of these concepts is variable; from being just an idea to the attainment of an industrially mass produced machine. Being advanced in years, the author will not be able to bring some of the promising concepts to a favorable outcome, or to discard those that turn out to be impractical. For these reasons, he better opted to capture them in a volume that might inspire young readers to accept this challenge. The topics, presented in eleven chapters, comprise five positive displacement rotary machines –four pumps and one compressor–, a piston engine that follows the Brayton cycle, a magnetic gear transmission, an inertia flywheel for energy storage in vehicles, a passively pressurized journal bearing, a water and heat economizer for showers, and a mango fork.