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WHEEL AT THE WEISSENSTEIN ( 1717 )

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· THE WHEEL AT GERA ( 1712 )
THE WHEEL AT DRASCHWITZ (1714 )
WANDERING ORFFYREUS AND HIS ENEMIES
THE WHEEL AT MERSEBERG 1715 .
THE EXAMINATION AT MERSEBURGH
ORFFYREUS DESTROYS MESEBURGH WHEEL
COUNT KARL, LEIBNIZ AND ORFFYREUS
WHEEL AT THE WEISSENSTEIN ( 1717 )
KARL WATCHES THE SECRET
EXAMINATION OF WEISSENSTEIN WHEEL ( 1717 )
EYE WITNESSES OF WEISSENSTEIN WHEEL
DIALOGUES AT THE CASTLE OF WEISSENSTEIN
ORFFYREUS DESTROYES THE WHEEL
CONTRACT WITH CZAR : SILVER LINING
CONSPIRACY BY GARTNER AND MAID
1730 : COUNT KARL DIES
DEATH OF ORFFYREUS 1745
PERSONALITY OF ORFFYREUS
DRAWINGS OF ORFFYREUS WHEELS
ORFFYREUS' APOLOGIA POETICA
DAS TRIUMPHIRENDE PERPETUUM MOBILE ORFFYREANUM
MASCHINEN TRACTATE (TREATISE ON MACHINES)
QUALITY OF EVIDENCE : CONCLUSION
ORFFYREUS' TIMES
Collection of Clues about Bessler Wheel
FALSE SPECULATIONS AND WEIRD EXPLANATIONS
WHERE DOES ENERGY COME FROM ?
A TRIBUTE TO ORFFYREUS
FAVORITE LINKS TO PERPETUAL MOTION
BOOKS ON PERPETUAL MOTION
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           Meanwhile, further incidents happened. Gärtner and his ‘gang’ were producing new pamphlets stating that the machine could not work for longer than two weeks. It again annoyed Orffyreus because his machine could move flawlessly forever until wear and tear of some parts stopped the machine. He made up his mind to design a large perpetual motion wheel and demonstrate it to public and learned man again.  For this reason Orffyreus requested Landgrave, Karl, to support the test.  Under the patronage of the Count Karl, Orffyreus found himself more secured and set himself to construct his last and largest wheel at the castle of the Weissenstein, a place that Orffyreus found to be most suitable for construction of his perpetual motion machine as his machine could be kept under lock and key.  Orffyreus was also provided guards to prevent any robbery of his great secret.  Orffyreus was very much cautious; he even did not easily believe his friends and relatives.  Orffyreus even did not believe guards appointed by Count Karl.  He even hired a personal guard to keep watch over other guards. Orffyreus decided to install his machine at Gardener’s shed on the ground of castle of the Weissenstein. 

 

Weissenstein Wheel at a Glance

 

Diameter = 12 feet

Thickness = 18 inches

Speed = 26 RPM unloaded –

20 RPM under water screw load

Rotation = dual-directional,

Required gentle push start in either direction

Axle = 8 inches diameter

 (probable diameter = 1/3 ell = 7.4 inches)

Sound = produced 8 bangs per revolution

at descending side of wheel

 

   The wheel was 12 feet in diameter and 14 inches thick, material being the light pine boards.*  Orffyreus again concealed the mechanism by covering it with oilcloth well stretched all over the rim.  The axle was 8 inch thick.  Orffyreus showed his unusual tendencies at Weissenstein also.  He quarreled with every one around him with guards and visitors around him.  Because of his perverse attitude, he estranged his best friends and fell among enemies.

 

  This time also people from different walks came to watch the perpetual motion machine of Orffyreus.  Kings, princess, landgraves, professors, learned man and common folk all came and marveled at the ingenuity of the inventor.  Many went away convinced of the absolute certainty of the action of the machine while many went away mumbling that inventor was a fraud.  Clock makers again tried to discredit the invention, Orffyreus again found him involved in bitter arguments with them.  Hundreds of people believed that they watched a true perpetual motion machine but some still doubted Orffyreus' integrity.  It was again rumored that since Orffyreus had once been a watchmaker, he cleverly used a wound up spring to drive his machine.  To belittle Orffyreus’ achievement clockmakers again proclaimed that they had succeeded in   duplicating the device using the same   mechanisms used in clocks.  Orffyreus took a sigh of relief when no clock maker actually came forward with such device.  Orffyreus turned very hostile to those who were trying to belittle his claim by making their own false claim to invent such a mechanism.  Still, it was difficult for Orffyreus to stop those loud-mouthed people making announcements.  There are no records of any other such devices built by them.  These were deliberate moves to undermine his credibility as a genuine inventor.  However, learned man too came who were impressed by his machine.  Orffyreus had good opportunity to take advantage of their presence and pursue them to help for the ‘cause’ but he failed to induce their cooperation because he had big apprehension of being himself a small fish that would be eaten by a large fish if he continued to tell them about the working of the mechanism. 

 

In the beginning guards took interest in the invention and they were also amused by the drama around the invention but after some time it became boring and depressing for them, largely on account off Orffyreus character.  Frank Edward wrote: "...he became so disagreeable that guards at the room where device was stored accepted duty as a form of punishment.”

    



* The Wissenstein wheel was the largest in diameter (11.15 to 12 feet, with width 18 inches ( J. Collins book.- Perpetual Motion : An Ancient Mystery Solved ?  pp. 16, 20, 61, 110, 197, 200 ). It produced more power than any of the other wheels.

 

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