George III's compound engine

Made:
1762
maker:
George Adams

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Compound engine. From a colour transparency in the Science Museum Photographic Archive.
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Compound engine, 1762. George Adams,who made this engine for King George III, described it as 'one of the simplest and
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Compound engine, 1762. George Adams,who made this engine for King George III, described it as 'one of the simplest and
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Compound engine, 1762. George Adams,who made this engine for King George III, described it as 'one of the simplest and
Kings College, London. Enquiries to Science Museum, London
Kings College, London. Enquiries to Science Museum, London

Compound engine, 1762. George Adams,who made this engine for King George III, described it as 'one of the simplest and
Kings College, London. Enquiries to Science Museum, London
Kings College, London. Enquiries to Science Museum, London

Compound engine made by George Adams, Fleet Street, London, 1762.

George Adams,who made this engine for King George III, described it as 'one of the simplest and most elegant compound engines I have ever seen'. It combines three simple machines: two wheels and axles and a screw. The load was suspended from the axle at the base and hung through the centre of the frame. It was lifted by a 'power' on the large spoked wheel. In theory a weight 6000 times that of the applied force or 'power' could be raised but friction greatly reduced this figure in reality.

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Category:
King George III
Object Number:
1927-1851
Materials:
brass, mahogany and paper (fibre product)
type:
compound engine
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
credit:
King's College, London

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