Thursday, June 13, 2013

Mechanical Transmission of Power: Endless Rope Drives

You don't need electricity to send or receive power quickly.

In the second half of the nineteenth century, we commonly used fast-moving ropes.

These wire rope transmissions were more efficient than electricity for distances up to 5 kilometres.

Even today, a nineteenth-century rope drive would be more efficient than electricity over relatively short distances.

If we used modern materials for making ropes and pulleys, we could further improve this forgotten method.

http://www.lowtechmagazine.com/2013/03/the-mechanical-transmission-of-power-3-wire-ropes.html#more

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