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Branca's steam turbine, 1629

Branca's steam turbine, 1629

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MARK SYKES / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY MARK SYKES / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Branca's steam turbine. Artwork of the steam turbine proposed in 1629 by the Italian engineer Giovanni Branca (1571-1645). Branca published this design in his book Le Machine, but did not build a working model. Steam produced by the heat of a fire (left) would have rotated the turbine at centre. A system of gears would have transferred the energy to a set of pistons (right). These pistons would move up and down and grind wheat and other crops placed in the pestles.

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