Posted by Jonathan (220.127.116.11) on October 08, 2003 at 01:24:26:
In Reply to: Re: Jonathan posted by Michael on October 07, 2003 at 12:10:08:
No, the change in distance between the tracks and the change in radial distance from the orbit center is necessary for the track to engage the balls at a different distance from their center as they move and allow them to follow a perfectly circular path (respectively), and from this the torque differential arises. If you are speaking from knoledge gained from watching the animation in a previous thread, then I should point out that the anomolous weight distribution (more balls on one side) is a result of the torque differential induced by the track and is not the source of the movement, but merely a convenient, and oddly unavoidable, result of the true driving principle, torque differential. It's really hard to explain without a diagram, I'll see what I can't do...
: > I think you have misunderstood the working of the Cowlishaw wheel, the track must change size for the working principle, and I'm using gears,
: I don't think I have. Yours may be different but from what I sw of Colishaw's the track change wastes energy.
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