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ANCIENT CHINESE CLOCK

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Finn Dripps

on 26 June 2014

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Transcript of ANCIENT CHINESE CLOCK

DESCRIPTION OF INVENTION
The mechanical clock is still a widely used invention.
Originated in Ancient China during the Song dynasty
It was a large wooden tower that housed many gears.
A drive wheel powered by water made a full revolution every 24 hours
The chiming of a bell every hour was caused by the turning of iron and bronze gears that were powered by the drive wheel
HOW DID IT WORK?
The clock stood an astonishing 40 feet above the ground
The clock was Powered by a water wheel which was 11 feet in diameter
There were buckets lining the perimeter which when filled powered the water wheel
This process repeated until the water had filled enough buckets to trigger a mechanism which caused a display from the manikins every hour
Su Song was born in 1020 and lived till 1101
Su Song invented many things that included the mechanical clock, an escapement regulator and an endless chain drive.
Su Song was also named Zirong
Su Song specialized in many subjects and was a professional engineer, bureaucrat and a diplomat
THE INFLUENCE OF THIS INVENTION
The Ancient Chinese Clock had a major impact on modern day living and Ancient Chinese culture.
During Ancient China the clock was used as means of measuring a fair work day for tradesmen alike
It was also used as an observation platform to detect astronomical differences
It took su song approximately 12 years to build
It consisted of 117 manikins, an 11 foot water wheel and 36 buckets of water
The manikins came out every hour and smashed gongs, rang bells and carried tablets telling the time
What it was made of
Su song
ANCIENT CHINESE CLOCK
Bibliography
http://www.vhinkle.com/china/inventions.html (13/06/14)
http://education-portal.com/academy/lesson/clocks-history-of-chronometers-and-mechanical-clocks.html#lesson (13/06/14)
http://fourriverscharter.org/projects/inventions/pages/china_waterclock.htm (13/06/14)
www.uh.edu/engines/epi120.htm (19/06/14)
http://www.chinaknowledge.de/History/Song/song-tech.html (20/6/14)
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