How do Steam Engines Work?

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We make steam every morning while preparing our morning coffee. But how can it be used to move this massive machine? In this episode, we explore how engineers designed steam engines to turn fire, water, and steam into tremendous amounts of force.

This video series is the winning project of the Europeana STEM challenge 2019 and was awarded funding for its production.  I’m grateful to the Europeana team for support in creating this series and providing invaluable educational resources.
 
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Table of Contents:
1:54 Exploring the traction engine.
4:30 What is high pressure steam and how is it generated?
6:51 Just how much force is in a steam engine?
8:04 Let's think about the impact of steam engines.

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Twitter: @teddytablante
Made by Teddy Tablante

Background Understanding:
Steam, Boiling Water, Particles

Branches to:
Newcomen Steam Engine. Understanding Air. Temperature

Animation built using Blender
Post with Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects
Sound editing with Reaper


Image usage from Europeana in order:

Engineering: a steam engine. Lithograph 1852 - Wellcome Collection

Ma Robert, D. Livingstone's steam boat on which he explored the River Zambezi. Lithograph by T. Picken after S. Walters, 1858 - Wellcome Collection

(ca) 27 - Sociedad Anónima ábrica de Gerona. Telares mecánicos con Jacquard, para la fabricación de galones, agremanes, etc. - (ca) Desconegut. Ajuntament de Girona -

A steam-driven carriage with passengers passes through the streets of a village as bystanders watch its progress. Coloured process print after Pyall after G. Morton - Wellcome Collection

An express locomotive in a railway line. Colour lithograph - Wellcome Collection

Engineering: a steam traction engine, and a stationary steam engine. Engraving -Wellcome Collection

Lokomotiv No 95, tillverkat vid Pittsburgh Locomotive Works."The heaviest and most powerful locomotive in the world", oktober 1898 - Okänd. Tekniska museet -

traction engine from "The Traveller's Album and Hotel Guide: containing views of places and buildings of historical and general interest, with descriptive letterpress; an account of the principal railways out of London, etc" - The British Library

traction engine from "The Traveller's Album and Hotel Guide: containing views of places and buildings of historical and general interest, with descriptive letterpress; an account of the principal railways out of London, etc" - The British Library

Portrait of The Honourable Robert Boyle (1627 - 1691), Irish natural philosopher - Wellcome Collection

Portrait of Louis-Joseph Gay-Lussac [1778 - 1850] chemist - Wellcome Collection
Work Cited:
 Wikipedia contributors. "History of the Steam Engine." "James Watt." "Thomas Newcomen." "Steam." "Steam Engine." "Thomas Savery." "Traction Engine."  Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, Visited September, 2019









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