Falkirk-wheel Scotland

When engineering meets art and solves problems beautifully


It’s not every day that engineering takes fundamental science and creates art, but it happens often enough to amaze. Here is the Falkirk Wheel in Scotland. The wheel joins two canals and gives access to Glasgow and Edinburgh. It is an engineering masterpiece and a must visit attraction. It makes sculpture where a canal lock would have been more traditional, and difficult. Here is a video of the wheel in action. click here. https://youtu.be/_tBH9SE-Kw8

Can you recognize the principles of water displacement, angular momentum, balance around an axis, and water pressure seals? It is remarkable. If you want some detail drawings of the design, click here.

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