07/28/2011

Falkirk Wheel

by Cyle
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A Falkirk Wheel is rotating boat lift. It is located in Scotland, UK which connects the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. It is an engineering marvel built in 2002. Before the Falkirk Wheel there were 11 locks that connected the canals until they became too much trouble to use and were filled in with concrete in the 1930s. It is named after the nearby town of Falkirk. This is the only rotational boat transporter in the world. Each arm has a huge tub that fills with water, then the boats enter, and the arms rotates. Each tub is 78ft. long and weighs about 300 tons. The tubs fill with water according to Archimedes Law. So the weight of each tub is practically equal. This makes it much easier on the 22.5kW engine, which only uses 1.5kW to turn the wheel.


Measures 79 ft. tall

 


The wheel in motion

 


A boat entering the lift

 


A rear view

 


Boat’s perspective

 


Waiting for our turn

 


A front view

 


An overhead view

 


Another overhead view

 


The massive gears

 


It’s beautiful at night

 


Another night view

 


Overlooking the town

 


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