Bessler wheel theory part 5

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Posted by Patrick Doucette ( on October 22, 2003 at 23:48:23:

One of the statements Bessler makes concerning the inner working of his wheel is the following familiar statement. "these weights... are... co-ordinated in such a way that... they (are) prevented from attaining their desired equilibrium."

To this end/description we can propose several statements.

  1. it would seem historically self evident that any traditional wheel configuration (i.e. of non-input form) of independent weights is capable of reaching a point of equilibrium/balance (this can easily be attested to/confirmed by the literally hundreds of 'over-balanced' wheel designs that have been tried)
  2. to prevent weights from reaching equilibrium (that is a gravity/'suspended' equilibrium) that Bessler may have been hinting at/referring to, we can implement one of two solutions

    1. the weights themselves are dynamically/directly connected/inter-connected
    2. the connections betweens the weights are dynamically connected/inter-connected

After numerous experiments, I have decided to abandon the possibility of 1) directly interconnected weights; although I see no reason why this concept may not contain a contributory effect towards an actual complete solution.

I have made progress, however, with the concept of, 2) the connections between the weights may be dynamically inter-connected. Examine the images below for example. (note: that this represents only the inner axle portion of the wheel.)

As weight is applied to one side of the spokes during the 'down' cycle, a portion of the weight is re-distributed to the opposite side of the wheel giving a contributory driving 'up' impetus to the opposite 'paired' weight. The lever-action in the above diagrams is simplified and can/should be implemented in various ways using different designs to accommodate the required number of weights or 'sections' and to provide the desired proper/efficient re-distribution of weight. In particular, a design using curved spokes and a more efficient direct lever mechanism around the axle/fulcrum may display action that is conducive to progressive rotation.

(I am still working with independent/gravity-driven 'pegs' as the key input and hopefully will be able to provide some theoretical & practical ideas in that area in the near future.)

Best regards to all,
---Patrick Doucette

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