Reuleaux Curve ApplicationsDate: 05/25/2002 at 04:17:38 From: Jess Brent Subject: Reuleaux curve applications I have read a lot of information about the Reuleaux curve but I am really interested to find out what it is actually used for. Thank you! Date: 03/10/2003 at 15:31:16 From: Doctor Douglas Subject: Re: Reuleaux curve applications Hi, Jess, You will find the Reuleaux curve in the Wankel rotary engine, where the curve, as it rotates and moves, creates chambers for combustion within a special shaped housing: Wankel Rotary Engines - Theory and Design - Alan Marr http://www.monito.com/wankel/rce.html It is also possible to use Reuleaux curves as "rollers." They're not wheels (which have a fixed axis), but they will keep a platform at constant height off the ground as the platform is pushed. It is possible to use Reuleaux curves to make drill bits that, when put into specially designed chucks, can drill square, pentagonal, or hexagonal holes: Drilling Square Holes - Scott Smith http://upper.us.edu/faculty/smith/reuleaux.htm For more on the mathematics of the Reuleaux triangle, check out the following: Reuleaux Triangle - Eric Weisstein's World of Mathematics http://mathworld.wolfram.com/ReuleauxTriangle.html - Doctor Douglas, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ |
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