Mobius Strip Linear Motor

Made:
1974 in Imperial College of Science and Technology
maker:
Laithwaite, Eric
Mobius strip model with racing cars powered by a linear motor, by Eric Laithwaite, Imperial College, London, 1974 on

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Mobius strip model with racing car powered by a linear motor, by Eric Laithwaite, Imperial College, London, 1974.

Eric Laithwaite was one of Britain’s best-known engineers to the public in the 1960s and 1970s. This model demonstrates his linear motor, which propels a model racing car around the famous mathematical shape of a Möbius strip. Due to the heat of the motor, the model’s track broke, yet it remained on display for several years. This story of material failure and museum display represens an interesting episode in Laithwaite’s long-running relationship with the Science Museum. The Museum has three other linear motors made by Laithwaite (1977-702, 1977-703 and 2000-429) in the electricity supply collection, though none were made for the purpose of museum display like this Möbius strip model.

Details

Category:
Electricity Supply
Object Number:
2019-207
Materials:
aluminium (metal), brass (copper, zinc alloy), cellulose & cellulose products, copper (alloy), fibreglass, metal (unknown), nylon, paint, paper (fibre product) and polyester resin
type:
demonstration model
credit:
Eric Laithwaite and Science Museum Workshops