Reconstruction Designs of Lost Ancient Chinese Machinery by Hong-Sen YanReconstruction Designs of Lost Ancient Chinese Machinery by Hong-Sen Yan

Reconstruction Designs of Lost Ancient Chinese Machinery

byHong-Sen Yan

Paperback | November 30, 2010

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South pointing chariots, walking machines and the astronomical mechanical clock are all used as illustrated examples in this fascinating and unique study of lost machinery in ancient China. This is the first book of its kind, combining creative mechanism design methodology with mechanical evolution and variation theory to set out how some ancient designs can be recreated. Furthermore the book reflects on how age-old wisdoms could stimulate stunning new machinery in the future.
Professor Hong-Sen YAN received his BS degree from National Cheng Kung University (Tianan, Taiwan) in 1973, MS degree from the University of Kentucky (Lexington, Kentucky, USA) in 1977, and PhD degree from Purdue University (Lafayette, Indiana, USA) in 1980, all in mechanical engineering. He previously served as a mechanical engineer ...
Title:Reconstruction Designs of Lost Ancient Chinese MachineryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:324 pagesPublished:November 30, 2010Publisher:Springer NetherlandsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9048176484

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Table of Contents

Preface; 01 Introduction; 01.01 Study ofAncient Machines; 01.02 Classifications ofAncient Chinese Machines; 01.02.01 Classifications based on applications; 01.02.02 Classifications based on historical archives; 01.03 Reconstruction Design ofAncient Machines; 01.03.01 Study ofhistorical archives; 01.03.02 Reconstruction analysis; 01.03.03 Reconstruction synthesis; 01.04 Scope ofthe Text; References; 02 Mechanism and Machine; 02.01 Definitions; 02.02 Mechanical Members; 02.03 Joints; 02.04 Mechanisms and (Link-) Chains; 02.05 Constrained Motion; 02.05.01 Planar mechanisms; 02.05.02 Spatial mechanisms; 02.06 Topological Structures; 02.07 Mechanism and Machine Design; 02.08 Structural Synthesis of Mechanisms; References; 03 Ancient Chinese Machines; 03.01 Historical Development; 03.02 LaborSaving Devices; 03.02.01 Wedge; 03.02.02 Inclined plane; 03.02.03 Screw; 03.02.04 Lever; O3.02.05.Pul1ey; 03.03 Linkage Mechanisms; 03.04 Cam Mechanisms; 03.05 Gear Mechanisms; 03.06 RopeDrives; 03.07 ChainDrives; References; 04 Reconstruction Design Methodology; 04.01 Introduction; 04.02 Procedure ofReconstruction Design; 04.03 Design Specifications; 04.04 Generalized Kinematic Chains; 04.05 Specialized Chains; 04.06 Reconstruction Designs; References; 05 Zhang Heng's Seismoscope; 05.01 Ancient Seismometers; 05.02 Development ofWestern Seismoscopes; 05.03 Zhang Heng the Man; 05.04 Historical Records; 05.05 Central Pillar (Dii Zhu); 05.06 Design Specifications; 05.07 Reconstruction Design; 05.08 Linkage Mechanisms with Five Members; 05.09 Linkage Mechanisms with Six Members; 05.10 Rope-and-Pulley Mechanisms with Six members; 05.11 Remarks; References; 06 Su Song's Escapement Regulator; 06.0 1 Su Song's Clock Tower; 06.02 Su Song the Man; 06.03 Su Song's Escapement Regulator; 06.04 Reconstruction Design; 06.04.01 Design specifications; 06.04.02 Generalized kinematic chains; 0604.03 Specialized chains; 06.0404 Reconstruction designs; 06.05 Escapement Regulator and Modem Mechanical Clocks; 06.06 Remarks; References; 07 South Pointing Chariots; 07.01 Ancient Literature; 07.02 Historical Development; 07.03 Recent Development; 07.04 Topological Structures; 07.05 Representations ofJoints and Members; 07.06 Reconstruction Design; 07.07 Differential-types with Four Members; 07.08 Gear Train Differential-types with Five Members; 07.09 Differential-types with Various Elements; 07. 10 Fixed-axis-types with Three Members; 07. 11 Fixed-axis-types with Two Members; 07.12 Fixed-axis-types with Various Elements; References; 08 Walking Machines; 08.01 LuBantheMan; 08.02 Literary Works related to Wooden Horse Carriage; 08.03 Literary Works related to Wooden Ox and Gliding Horse; 08.04 Other Walking Machines; 08.05 Reconstruction Design; 08.06 Design Examples; 08.07 Remarks; References; Symbols; Index.

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From the reviews:"Always based on original sources, with a wealth of illustrations and translations of difficult Chinese classical texts, this outstanding book is particularly original. . a wide extant of difficult topics belonging to the history of technology has never been covered in such a systematic way and by using a unified methodology." (J.-C. Martzloff, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1181, 2010)