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THE WHEEL AT MERSEBERG 1715 .

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THE WHEEL AT MERSEBERG 1715 .
THE EXAMINATION AT MERSEBURGH
ORFFYREUS DESTROYS MESEBURGH WHEEL
COUNT KARL, LEIBNIZ AND ORFFYREUS
WHEEL AT THE WEISSENSTEIN ( 1717 )
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EXAMINATION OF WEISSENSTEIN WHEEL ( 1717 )
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DIALOGUES AT THE CASTLE OF WEISSENSTEIN
ORFFYREUS DESTROYES THE WHEEL
CONTRACT WITH CZAR : SILVER LINING
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1730 : COUNT KARL DIES
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PERSONALITY OF ORFFYREUS
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 Leipzig Post Zeitungen Publishes the News.

In Mersburg, Orffyreus had enough time to ponder over allegations made by watchmakers that some concealed clockwork powered Orffyreus machine. To counter the criticism, he developed a solution, which enabled the wheel to revolve in either direction.  It was indeed a good reply from a mechanical genius to shut the mouth of watchmakers and other people who had accused him of employing a wound-up spring. 

 

Merseberg Wheel at a Glance

 

 

Diameter = 11.15 feet

Thickness = 11.15 inches

Speed = Greater than 40 RPM

Rotation = bi-directional, required gentle

 push start in either direction

Axle = 6 inches diameter

(probable diameter = 1/4 ell = 5.6 inches)

Sound = banging noise at descending side of wheel

Power = not calculated

 

         The structure of the bi-directional wheel has remained unknown. After Orffyreus produced basic design of perpetual motion machine, next few logical steps led him to realize different formations using the same principles. Collins, his biographer has traced back altogether 7 devices.

 

Orffyreus exhibited his new bi directional wheel at his home in Green Manor by the sixth Gate Merseberg, Germany. This wheel was 11.15 feet diameter and 11.15 inches thick and rotated at 46 RPM unloaded.  This was the first of Bessler's dual-direction wheels, designed to counter criticism that his machines are somehow wound up with a spring.

               We also have enough documentary proof.  Leipzig Post Zeitungen, published for week of 24th - 30th June 1715 described the machine and demonstration as follows:

                     

“An illness which has afflicted the famous Mr. Orffyreus has prevented him from exhibiting, at the Easter Leipzig Fair, as he wished to do, a new and larger version of the true perpetual motion machine, invented by him. It will be of interest to the public to know that the famous inventor has just informed us that he has brought to perfection a new perpetual motion machine. It was finished with God's help, just before the recent Whitsun Holiday, in his rooms in the Green Manor by the sixth Gate..

 

The machine is similar to the one constructed in Draschwitz a year ago, and is in the form of a wheel. However, the present machine is slightly larger, having a diameter of six Leipzig ells, (11.15 feet) and a thickness of half an ell, (11.15 inches). The axle or shaft on which the wheel is fixed averages six inches thickness and is six feet long. The continuous impulse attributed to this very useful and ingeniuos machine, is independent of any hidden power source or drive. According to the original factual description given by the "Leipzig Gazette" on the 3rd November last year, the rotation is caused, without any evidence of fraud, exclusively by its own internal power and artful design. It moves in a fast, strong and uniform rotation as long as the materials from which it is made, ie., wood, metal etc. last. A considerable force has to be applied to brake or stop the machine. Having put into motion its own mechanism, the power is sufficient to raise high or pull a load of approximately one hundred weight. To demonstrate its effectiveness, four stampers of considerable weight have now been attached. They are lifted by means of eight cams fixed to the shaft, and at each revolution they are lifted twice. Consider how much more such a perpetuum mobile could do if, in the future, a larger one was constructed and by combining several machines have its power multiplied; or it could be applied to other mathematical inventions...

 

This new perpetual mobile has something unique and extremely valuable about it that was not found in the Draschwitz model; it can rotate in either direction as desired. As a result it can, turning to the left or the right, wind a load up or down, in or out as necessary. However, to start it, a preliminary push or help by hand is needed...” -  Leipzig Post Zeitungen, published for week of 24th - 30th June , 1715.

 

(Orffyreus himself informed to News paper . Courtesy -  orffyre.com)

 

To conceal the internal machinery, it was again covered with oilcloth that was tightly stretched in every direction.  Like its predecessor, the wheel required a but gentle push to set it in motion and once set in motion, it increased its speed until it reached its maximum velocity of about twenty six rotations per minute which it could apparently maintain forever, unaided by any external agency.  Those who come to watch the impossible spectacle unanimously agreed that Orffyreus had solved the mystery of perpetual motion machine but still disbelievers were there.  Many of them peered under axle and placed their ears against the base to listen for the concealed mechanism.  They failed to detect any fraud as they could only hear some sort of tumbling of weights inside the wheel. Bessler let people feel the weights concealed by his handkerchief*.  

   

His wheel performed flawlessly, on the other hand, bitter arguments continued.  Those who doubted the truth of his claims as a genuine inventor of perpetual motion machine began to grow in large number and started accusing Orffyreus to be charlatan or a fraudulent inventor.  Orffyreus found himself in troubled waters again.



* (See  pages - 79, 131 of Collins’ book- Perpetual Motion : An Ancient Mystery Solved? ),

 

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