Algebra, Commerce and Industry, Design, Engineering, Entrepreneurs, History, Hydrology, Inventions / Inventors, Science and Technology, Social Studies, Textiles
2-3 hours of classroom time
Up to 24
Blackstone River, Slater Mill, textiles, Mahcines, math, water wheeel, gears
This lesson will familiarize your students with the kind of power a water wheel can produce, and which variables affect the power output of a water wheel. Secondly the students will see how and why the water wheel was used to power the Wilkinson Mill. Finally the students will understand exactly how the water wheel powered the power train of the mill and the machines connected to the power train.
Students will be able to: ·
Tell the differences of the different types of water wheels.
Decide which water wheel would be the best for the Wilkinson mill
Calculate how much power the Wilkinson Mill water wheel produced
Calculate the horsepower produced by a water wheel.
Know that the more distance water falls vertically, the more power it can produce.
Learn how the revolutions of a water wheel affect the revolutions of the gears and leather belts that run the mill.
Describe the functions of a mill pond and what problems a mill pond can cause.
Describe the various parts of a mill, focusing especially on the function and parts of a water wheel and its mechanisms.
Know how to use the following formula Horsepower = C* Q* H* E