Mechanisms in Ancient Chinese Books with Illustrations

  • Kuo-Hung Hsiao
  • Hong-Sen Yan

Part of the History of Mechanism and Machine Science book series (HMMS, volume 23)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Kuo-Hung Hsiao, Hong-Sen Yan
    Pages 1-7
  3. Kuo-Hung Hsiao, Hong-Sen Yan
    Pages 9-32
  4. Kuo-Hung Hsiao, Hong-Sen Yan
    Pages 33-59
  5. Kuo-Hung Hsiao, Hong-Sen Yan
    Pages 61-89
  6. Kuo-Hung Hsiao, Hong-Sen Yan
    Pages 91-108
  7. Kuo-Hung Hsiao, Hong-Sen Yan
    Pages 109-135
  8. Kuo-Hung Hsiao, Hong-Sen Yan
    Pages 137-167
  9. Kuo-Hung Hsiao, Hong-Sen Yan
    Pages 169-189
  10. Kuo-Hung Hsiao, Hong-Sen Yan
    Pages 191-217
  11. Kuo-Hung Hsiao, Hong-Sen Yan
    Pages 219-242
  12. Kuo-Hung Hsiao, Hong-Sen Yan
    Pages 243-298
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 299-302

About this book

Introduction

This book presents a unique approach for studying mechanisms and machines with drawings that were depicted unclearly in ancient Chinese books.
The historical, cultural and technical backgrounds of the mechanisms are explained, and various mechanisms described and illustrated in ancient books are introduced. By utilizing the idea for the conceptual design of modern mechanisms, all feasible designs of ancient mechanisms with uncertain members and joints that meet the technical standards of the subjects’ time periods are synthesized systematically. Ancient Chinese crossbows (the original crossbow and repeating crossbows), textile mechanisms (silk-reeling mechanism, spinning mechanisms, and looms), and many other artisan's tool mechanisms are used as illustrated examples.  Such an approach provides a logical method for the reconstruction designs of ancient mechanisms with uncertain structures. It also provides an innovative direction for researchers to further identify the original structures of mechanisms and machines with drawings in ancient literature.
This book can be used as a textbook and/or supplemental reading material for courses related to history of ancient (Chinese) machinery and creative mechanism design for senior and graduate students.

Keywords

Ancient Chinese Mechanisms Conceptual/creative Design (of Mechanisms) Generalized Kinematic Chains History of Mechanisms Reconstruction Design (of Mechanisms)

Authors and affiliations

  • Kuo-Hung Hsiao
    • 1
  • Hong-Sen Yan
    • 2
  1. 1.National Science and Technology MuseumKaohsiungTaiwan
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringNational Cheng Kung UniversityTainanTaiwan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02009-9
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-02008-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-02009-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1875-3442
  • Series Online ISSN 1875-3426
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