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Title: The Hay Inclined Plane in Coalbrookdale (Shropshire, England): Geometric Modeling and Virtual Reconstruction
Authors: Rojas Sola, José Ignacio
De la Morena De la Fuente, Eduardo
Abstract: This article shows the geometric modeling and virtual reconstruction of the inclined plane of Coalbrookdale (Shropshire, England) that was in operation from 1792 to 1894. This historical invention, work of the Englishman William Reynolds, allowed the transportation of boats through channels located at different levels. Autodesk Inventor Professional software has been used to obtain the 3D CAD model of this historical invention and its geometric documentation. The material for the research is available on the website of the Betancourt Project of the Canary Orotava Foundation for the History of Science. Also, because the single sheet does not have a scale, it has been necessary to adopt a graphic scale so that the dimensions of the different elements are coherent. Furthermore, it has been necessary to establish some dimensional, geometric, and movement restrictions (degrees of freedom) so that the set will work properly. One of the main conclusions is that William Reynolds designed a mechanism seeking a longitudinal symmetry so that, from a single continuous movement, the mechanism allows two vessels to ascend and descend simultaneously. This engineering solution facilitated a doubling of the working capacity of the device, as well as a reduction of the energy needs of the system.
Keywords: inclined plane
Coalbrookdale (Shropshire)
Agustín de Betancourt
geometric modeling
virtual reconstruction
industrial heritage
industrial archaeology
Issue Date: 24-Apr-2019
metadata.dc.description.sponsorship: This research was funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Competitiveness (MINECO), under the Spanish Plan of Scientific and Technical Research and Innovation (2013–2016) and European Fund Regional Development (FEDER) under grant number [HAR2015-63503-P].
Publisher: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
Citation: Rojas-Sola, J.I.; De la Morena-De la Fuente, E. The Hay Inclined Plane in Coalbrookdale (Shropshire, England): Geometric Modeling and Virtual Reconstruction. Symmetry 2019, 11, 589.
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