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Electrical Power and Answers to the Meter Scaling.

Two resistors in series

Before talking about power I probably need to define several terms. Energy is the ability to do work and energy used is equivalent to the work already done minus the energy wasted. Power is energy divided by time or said another way, it is how fast the work can be

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Top Dead Center and Singularity

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The Pedal 30 degs off T.D.C.

There is a mathematics term thrown around a lot by the “free energy” people and after the last post about the do-nothing machine, this is probably the best time to deal with it. The term is singularity or as used by them “the singularity point”. According to Wikipedia

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Revisiting the Do-Nothing Machine one more time – The most critical part.

The Working Painted Do-Nothing

During the final final fit of the Do-Nothing Machine I ran into a few more problems. Like always, I eventually worked through the problems and also like always I learned something.

To “honor” the political season getting kicked off this week I decided to paint the Do-Nothing Red White and

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Buckling of the Popsicle Crane Boom

A beam buckling

We have put quite a bit of effort in understanding the forces on the crane boom. Now we need to start figuring out what we are going to do about them. (Refer to the post crane-boom-analysis-part-2) The fact that the whole boom is under compression loading explains a lot to me

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Scaling a Voltmeter (& an Ammeter)

A representation for our real 250 mV Voltmeter

In the previous post on Electrical Theory, “The Load affects the Process. (Electrical Theory and More)“, I introduced the idea that the load can affect the circuit. To show that we used a real life meter and datasheet and circuit designed to make things look really

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Crane Boom Analysis Part 2.

Picture 1: All of the loads acting on the boom.

This is a continuation of the last post and our attempt to understand the forces acting on a crane boom. The summary of where we left it was:

All of the forces along the boom will compress the boom. The boom weight and the

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A gross analysis of the forces on a crane boom

Picture 1. The top of a crane boom from some government archive pictures.

It is time for the rubber to meet the road on starting to figure out how to build the popsicle crane boom. As you know, I have been looking at many pictures and researching crane sites to try to understand what

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Converting from English to Metric and a use for Layers in LibreCAD

I drew a CAD drawing of a popsicle stick using the English Units and wanted to also create one in metric units. I was curious if LibreCAD would automatically calculate the correct values in the dimensions when I did that. It doesn’t. However, it was worthwhile to create a video to show how I

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Some videos of Real Cranes & one note about electrical meters.

This is just a short post to kind of clean up a few loose ends. Besides, it is about time we had a “light” post. (Tastes great… less filling… something like that.)

Electrical:

First, I want to clear up something that was not said about the voltmeter. Most newer style meters use an amplifier inside

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The Load affects the Process. (Electrical Theory and More)

A Simple Linear Flow Diagram

This started out as another post about electrical theory, but the more I thought about it the more I decided to make it also a more general post. This will get into specifics about electricity, but the general idea applies to almost everything we do and that includes much

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