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Hero’s Steam Turbine Kit

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(Code: 1112)
The original steam engine?
£ 85.00

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Hero's Steam Turbine is considered to be the first recorded steam engine or reaction steam turbine. The Greek-Egyptian mathematician and engineer Hero of Alexandria described the device in the 1st century AD, and many sources give him the credit for its invention. However, Vitruvius was the first to describe this appliance in his De architectura (ca. 30–20 BC).

It is a simple, bladeless radial steam turbine which spins when the central water container is heated. Torque is produced by steam jets exiting the turbine.

Although it demonstrated a principle, it is neither a practical source of power nor a direct predecessor of the type of steam engine invented during the Industrial Revolution.

This item is supplied in kit form. A hex or Allen key is supplied in the box. You will need to provide the fuel, which is methylated spirit or denatured alcohol if you are in the USA. 


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GREAT item. Grandsons love and how fast it it goes is phenomenal. Collects a lot of black soot though. Only downside to its operation is cleaning the steam holes before the first use. A pain to clean back to
shiny brass after using. Machining and design is perfect. Very happy with the purchase. Thanks Steve.
Steve W.