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Inclined To Be Unusual

It caught my eye that the horizontal wheel (they in turn drive the milling stones) that mates with the bovenwiel, was conical, unlike what I remembered from other mills. The volunteer guide pointed out that the bovenwiel being inclined from the vertical (to maximize catching the wind), also results in the combs being at an angle. The conical shape of the horizontal wheel can therefore accommodate the meshing with the combs. Although it makes perfect sense, I cannot confirm that other mills that I saw have a corresponding conical shape. Perhaps other mills address the meshing in a different way. Even after having visited several windmills, I still discovered here something that got me pondering. 

Inclined To Be Unusual

It caught my eye that the horizontal wheel (they in turn drive the milling stones) that mates with the bovenwiel, was conical, unlike what I remembered from other mills. The volunteer guide pointed out that the bovenwiel being inclined from the vertical (to maximize catching the wind), also results in the combs being at an angle. The conical shape of the horizontal wheel can therefore accommodate the meshing with the combs. Although it makes perfect sense, I cannot confirm that other mills that I saw have a corresponding conical shape. Perhaps other mills address the meshing in a different way. Even after having visited several windmills, I still discovered here something that got me pondering. 

comments (15)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 18 Sep 2018, 01:13
A wonderful place for enginers, Ayush.
Ayush Basu: Inspirational, I would say, Ray.
This is a great angle! What an amazing thing!
Ayush Basu: I am pleased you like it, Elizabeth.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 18 Sep 2018, 06:42
Maybe like people mills are slightly different from one another Ayush..
Ayush Basu: Indeed, Chris. After all they were designed by people and their thought process was shaped differently by diverse experiences, I suppose.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Sep 2018, 07:10
I thought that it may make meshing easier but not!
Ayush Basu: Actually the meshing is quite tolerant to some degree of mismatch, Alan.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 18 Sep 2018, 08:34
I like this angle Ayush.
Ayush Basu: It showed something that I had missed capturing in my previous visits, Chad.
They were clever back in the day to invent things like this.
Ayush Basu: Inspirational, I would say, this place.
You are looking at it as an engineer Ayush
Ayush Basu: It was inspiring to learn about their problems and solutions, Bill.
You have a keen eye.
Ayush Basu: Actually it was pointed out to me by the volunteer miller, Mary smile
I love how you pass on your ponderings to us, Ayush. Keep it up. smile
Ayush Basu: My pleasure to share some insights, as did you and Astrid, Ginnie.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 19 Sep 2018, 07:37
All very carefully and specially designed, Ayush
Ayush Basu: A wealth of knowledge in there, Lisl.
Magnifique prise de vue
Merci pour les renseignements
Ayush Basu: Merci, Claudine. For now, this is all.
this picture is making me dizzy!! i love it!
Ayush Basu: This is the end for the time being, Elaine smile Thank you for following closely!
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 19 Sep 2018, 15:09
quite astounding to think how this works and who invented it in the first place
Ayush Basu: Inspirational, I would say, Sherri.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 19 Sep 2018, 15:24
It may boil down to efficiency and affordability. Maybe non-conical is a little less efficient but more affordable ... or something like that. That the Dutch know about conical transfer engineering is borne out by the gearbox design of the DAF - continuously variable transmission. Obviously, where the teeth/combs are involved it will be different - but I believe that it will be something like efficiency.
Ayush Basu: Good point, Louis. What I found positive is that all the knowledge of windmill design is still available (although very few people are certified enough) and I saw school groups come at some of the places to really peer into the technical aspects of why the construction is precisely as is. They certainly would have learned a lot in two hundred years of using these machines.
Great pov!
Ayush Basu: Thank you, Tom!

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