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Visualization of the mechanical constraints of the Antikythera mechanism

Strack van Schijndel, O.J. (2017) Visualization of the mechanical constraints of the Antikythera mechanism. Master's Thesis / Essay, Industrial Engineering and Management.

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Abstract

One of the most extraordinary surviving artefacts from the ancient Greek world was discovered only one century ago. Containing 30 gear wheels, the so called Antikythera Mechanism is an order of magnitude more complicated than any surviving mechanism from the following millennium. This research aims to provide rigorous grounding on what the device’s mechanical constraints are, assuming it could have operated properly. As the majority of research thus far is done from a mathematical point of view, additional insight from an engineering perspective is valuable in the quest to unravel the true workings of the mechanism. Results indicate that operating the mechanism with the configuration proposed by the Antikythera Mechanism Research Group (AMRP) could potentially lead to stresses close to the yielding strength. However, the gear train should be able to run adequately, even with the non-optimal gear design which uses triangularly shaped teeth.

Item Type: Thesis (Master's Thesis / Essay)
Degree programme: Industrial Engineering and Management
Thesis type: Master's Thesis / Essay
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 08:27
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 08:27
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/14997

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