International Symposium on History of Machines and Mechanisms

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Marco Ceccarelli
Springer Science & Business Media, Apr 30, 2004 - History - 405 pages
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The HMM2004 International Symposium on History of Machines and Mechanisms is the second event of a series that has been started in 2000 as main activity of the IFToMM Permanent Commission for History of MMS, Mechanism and Machine Science. The aim of the HMM Symposium is to be a forum to exchange views, opinions, and experiences on History of MMS from technical viewpoints in order to track the past but also to look at future developments in MMS. The HMM Symposium Series is devoted to the technical aspects of historical deve- pments and therefore it has been addressed mainly to the IFToMM Community. In fact, most the authors of the contributed papers are experts in MMS and related topics. This year HMM Symposium came back to Cassino, after the challenging first event in 2000. The HMM2004 International Symposium on History of Machines and Mechanisms was held at the University of Cassino, Italy, from 12 to 15 May 2004. These Proceedings contain 29 papers by authors from all around the world. These papers cover the wide field of the History of Mechanical Engineering and particularly the History of MMS. The contributions address mainly technical aspects of historical developments of Machines and Mechanisms. History of IFToMM, the International Federation for the Promotion of Mechanism and Machine Science is also outlined through the historical activities of some of its Commissions.
  

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I noticed that in the article on the mechane of the Theatre of Dionysos in Athens that no reference was made to my 1979 article in ARCHAEOLOGICAL NEWS, wherein I proposed a reconstruction of the fifth-century B.C.E.theatre machine. As it happens, my reconstruction, based on archaeological and literary evidence, is similar to that in the article here. My reconstruction is much simpler, however, as it is based on an existing machine, the geranos used for well-water retrieval, which could be adapted for use in the theatre without too much trouble. The Theatre of Dionysos presents a unique problem for theatre machines like the mechane and the ekkyklema, as there is limited backstage area and a precipitous drop-off into the temenos of Dionysos Eleutherios. My reconstruction takes advantage of this drop-off, using it to accommodate a human counterweight to the actor on the business end of the crane arm. I trust that in the future your scholars will review all the extant literature on the subject, including my article entitled ""That Magnificent Flying Machine: On the Nature of the Mechane of the Theatre of Dionysos at Athens," Archaeological News 8 (1979):1-6.
A.L.H. Robkin, PhD.
Bellevue, Washington, U.S.A..
 

Contents

A SHORT INTRODUCTION ON IFTOMM OFFICERS OVER TIME
3
ON THE IFToMM PERMANENT COMMISSION FOR HISTORY OF MMS
11
PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE IN MECHANISM AND MACHINE SCIENCE TERMINOLOGY
27
DEVELOPMENT AND ACTIVITIES OF THE IFToMM ROTORDYNAMIC COMMITTEE 19772004
35
2 Ancient Machines
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A STUDY ON WESTERN AND CHINESE LOCKS BASED ON ENCYCLOPEDIAS AND DICTIONARIES
41
A Simulating Experiment on the Ancient Chinese Astronomical Clock Tower
57
Engineering Aspects of the Collapse of the Colossus of Rhodes Statue
69
ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CONSTRAINT MOTION THEORY OF FRANZ REULEAUX AN OVERVIEW
201
THE CONTRIBUTION OF COULOMB TO APPLIED MECHANICS
217
6 Mechanical Designs
227
19592004
229
EVOLUTION OF DESIGN USE AND STRENGTH CALCULATIONS OF SCREW THREADS AND THREADED JOINTS
243
FROM THE 17th TO THE 21st CENTURY RECONSTRUCTION OF HERSCHELS TELESCOPE
259
PISTON ENGINE VERSUS ROTARY ENGINE POSSIBLE STRUCTURAL SOLUTIONS IN THE INVENTION AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE S...
269
7 Mechanism Analysis and Design
283

DEUSEXMACHINA RECONSTRUCTION AND DYNAMICS
87
3 Past Ideas for New Designs
105
SOME EXAMPLES FROM THE HISTORY OF MACHINERY IN TEACHING TMM
107
FROM TRADITIONAL MANIPULATION TO ROBOTIC MANIPULATION
119
4 People in MMS and Their Works
136
HALF OF THE XXTH CENTURY PROFESSOR N MERTSALOV PROFESSOR L SMIRNOV
137
HISTORY OF MACHINES AND MECHANISMS BY THE STEVENS FAMILY AND AT STEVENS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
149
RUSSIAN SCIENTIST MECHANICS UFIMTSEV AG
163
THE KINEMATIC WORK OF W WUNDERLICH
169
5 Historical Development of Theories
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A NOTE ON ITS INVENTION AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE THEORY
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A NOTE ON THE HISTORY OF TRIGONOMETRIC FUNCTIONS
195
HISTORICAL EVOLUTION OF THE CLASSIFICATION OF MECHANISMS
285
ON THE HISTORY OF FOCAL MECHANISMS AND THEIR DERIVATIVES
303
HISTORICAL EVOLUTION OF THE POLETHEORY
315
CREATING AN INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL LIBRARY OF KINEMATICS HISTORY
331
8 Automata and Robots
345
THE HISTORY OF THE CREATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF HANDOPERATED BALANCED MANIPULATORS HOBM
347
DEVELOPMENT OF WALKING MACHINES HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
357
THE STATE OF ART
371
THE EARLY DEVELOPMENT OF REMOTE TELEMANIPULATION SYSTEMS
391
Author Index
405
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Marco Ceccarelli was born in Rome in 1958. He received the mechanical engineer degree cum laude in 1982 at the University "La Sapienza" of Rome. At the same University he completed a Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics in 1988. In 1987 he was visiting scholar at Stanford University, U.S.A., and in 1990 he received a CNR-NATO annual grant as visiting professor at the Technical University of Valencia, Spain. Since 1990 he teaches courses on Mechanics of Machinery and Mechanisms and Mechanics of Robots at the School of Engineering at the University of Cassino. Since 1996 he is Director of LARM, the Laboratory of Robotics and Mechatronics of DiMSAT, the Department of Mechanics, Structures, Environment and Territory at the University of Cassino. Since 2001 he has been appointed Full Professor of Mechanics of Machinery and Mechanisms at the University of Cassino. From 2003 to 2005 he has been Vice Director of DiMSAT.
He is member of ASME (The American Society of Mechanical Engineers), AIMETA (Italian Society for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics), AEIM (Spanish Society of Mechanical Engineers), SIRJ (Italian Association of Robotics and Automation), IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), FeIbIM (Iberoamerican Federation for Mechanical Engineering).
He is author or co-author of more than two hundreds and fifty papers, which have been presented at Conferences or published in national and international journals.
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