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Crank-Connecting Rod Mechanism: Its Applications in Ancient China and Its Origin

  • Feng Lisheng
  • Tong Qingjun
Conference paper

Abstract

Crank-connecting rod is the most fundamental and typical mechanism, classifying as one of the most important inventions in ancient China and in the history of mechanical technology. This paper firstly describes the three applications of this mechanism in ancient China, i.e. agriculture, textile, and blowing-engines. This paper then discusses the origin of the mechanism through reviewing ancient Chinese literature and unearthed cultural relics.

Keywords

Crank-connecting rod Agricultural machinery Textile machinery 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Feng Lisheng
    • 1
  • Tong Qingjun
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for History of Science/Technology and Ancient TextsTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina

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