Let’s Hear it for Nerds
I know, it’s Monday.
I know, that looks like math, or physics.
I know, I know, I know – but, fair is fair, it’s my blog and I really enjoy this stuff.
Without you, this blog would be a shadow of itself.
So, I will make this short. If you really want to, skip to the gallery and look at the pictures. I won’t be offended.
The following is a quote from – OK, I might as well offend the rest of you – Wikipedia.
The Holyoke Canal System is a system of power canals in Holyoke, Massachusetts…Constructed over a period between 1848 and 1892, the Canal System, along with the Dam, is recognized as a Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for its use in the development of the Venturi meter by Clemens Herschel, the first means of measuring large-scale flows, and the McCormick-Holyoke Turbine by John B. McCormick.Wikipedia
This is exciting stuff…at least to some of us.
The Venturi meter was a means of scientifically measuring the amount of water being consumed by a water-powered mill. Whatever form of power a manufacturing facility is using, it is likely to be available in a finite quantity. It is essential to know how much power is available and how much power is being consumed. Clemens Herschel worked at previous water-powered facilities in New England, but it was in Holyoke that he perfected his apparatus. After his work in Holyoke, Herschel worked as a consulting hydraulic engineer. He worked on major projects, including the hydroelectric power plant at Niagara Falls and water tunnel that would deliver water from the Catskill reservoirs to New York City.
Clemens Herschel designed a “Testing Flume” which would ultimately lead to the development of the McCormick-Holyoke Turbine. I sense your anticipation.
OK, enough about Clemens.
John McCormick, an American mechanical engineer, invented the first modern mixed flow water turbine, the “Hercules”, as well as the Holyoke-McCormick, and other turbine designs. The Holyoke-McCormick turbine doubled the efficiency of turbines to more than 80%, and eventually reached an efficiency of close to 90%.
Riveting stuff…am I right?
I could go on. I won’t, but I could. There were many other scientific developments that grew out of the array of projects the comprised the Holyoke dam and canal system.
There, under 400 words. How’s that.