Aeolipile was the first Turbine

A Greek inventor by the name of Hero of Alexandria, described the toy Aeolipile that he build circa 75 CE. The Aeolipile is a primitive and workable reaction Turbine.

Basically a hollow ball with nozzles on opposite sides and pointing in opposite directions. Mounted on it’s pivot on two tubes that extend from the steam cauldron. when the steam cauldron is heated, the liquid inside converts to steam, which flows through the tubes, entering the ball, as preasure increased the steam is released via the nozzles, the more steam the faster it spins.

Additional Information:

  • Hero of Alexandria – Wikipedia
    Hero of Alexandria (Greek: Ἥρων ὁ Ἀλεξανδρεύς, Heron ho Alexandreus; also known as Heron of Alexandria c. 10 AD – c. 70 AD) was a Greek mathematician and engineer who was active in his native city of Alexandria, Roman Egypt.
  • Aeolipile – Wikipedia
    An aeolipile (or aeolipyle, or eolipile), also known as a Heron’s engine, is a simple bladeless radial steam turbine which spins when the central water container is heated.
  • aeolipile | steam turbine |
    Aeolipile, steam turbine invented in the 1st century ad by Heron of Alexandria and described in his Pneumatica. The aeolipile was a hollow sphere mounted so that it could turn on a pair of hollow tubes that provided steam to the sphere from a cauldron.
  • Aeolipile – Hero’s Ball –
    Heron’s Aeolipile – Science Fair Experiment –
    Actually a steam reaction turbine, the Aeolipile was invented by Heron of Alexandria in the first century A.D. In modern times it is often referred to simply as “Hero’s Ball”. This ingenious device was described in detail in Heron’s book Pneumatica. A fire beneath the cauldron boils water, producing steam which is conducted through one of the copper supports to the pivoted brass sphere.
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