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Technologies 2017, 5(1), 2; doi:10.3390/technologies5010002

Agustin de Betancourt’s Wind Machine for Draining Marshy Ground: Approach to Its Geometric Modeling with Autodesk Inventor Professional

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Department of Engineering Graphics, Design and Projects, University of Jaén, Jaén 23071, Spain
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Doctoral Program, University of Córdoba, Córdoba 14071, Spain
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Academic Editor: Manoj Gupta
Received: 27 November 2016 / Revised: 22 December 2016 / Accepted: 22 December 2016 / Published: 26 December 2016
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Abstract

The present study shows the process followed in making the three-dimensional model and geometric documentation of a historical invention of the renowned Spanish engineer Agustin de Betancourt y Molina, which forms part of his rich legacy. Specifically, this was a wind machine for draining marshy ground, designed in 1789. The present research relies on the computer-aided design (CAD) techniques using Autodesk Inventor Professional software, based on the scant information provided by the only two drawings of the machine, making it necessary to propose a number of dimensional and geometric hypotheses as well as a series of movement restrictions (degrees of freedom), to arrive at a consistent design. The results offer a functional design for this historic invention. View Full-Text
Keywords: Agustin de Betancourt; wind machine for draining marshy ground; geometric modeling; virtual reconstruction; Autodesk Inventor Professional; cultural heritage Agustin de Betancourt; wind machine for draining marshy ground; geometric modeling; virtual reconstruction; Autodesk Inventor Professional; cultural heritage
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Rojas-Sola, J.I.; de la Morena-de la Fuente, E. Agustin de Betancourt’s Wind Machine for Draining Marshy Ground: Approach to Its Geometric Modeling with Autodesk Inventor Professional. Technologies 2017, 5, 2.

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