May 27, 2008

The Only Rotating Boatlift In The World - The Falkirk Wheel.

The Only Rotating Boatlift In The World - The Falkirk Wheel.

The Falkirk Wheel (Scotland) is a remarkable & elegant mechanical marvel & is the only rotating boatlift in the world which is also been recognized as an inspirational sculpture for the 21st Century. It's a rotating boatlift connecting the Forth & Clyde Canal with the Union Canal & sited in a natural open amphitheatre near Falkirk. It can carry eight or more boats at a time & takes about 60 minutes for single time.

The Only Rotating Boatlift In The World - The Falkirk Wheel (11) 1 This Millennium Link was an ambitious £84.5m project & the designers had a main objective in their minds & it was to create a functional boatlift that could raise & lower boats swiftly. The difference in the levels of the two canals at the wheel is 24 metres, which is equivalent to the height of an eight-story building. Yet the incredible civil engineering made it possible.

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The Only Rotating Boatlift In The World - The Falkirk Wheel (11) 3The Falkirk Wheel's various parts were constructed & assembled at Butterley Engineering's Steelworks in Derbyshire. The whole structure weighed about 1,200 tonnes of steel, when a team assembled it to the accuracy of just 10 mm to ensure a perfect final fit. When the structure was transported to Falkirk it took 35 lorries & more than 15,000 bolts were matched with 45,000 boltholes, & each bolt was hand tightened. Once the structure was ready on the ground, it was placed by a crane in five large divisions into position.

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The Only Rotating Boatlift In The World - The Falkirk Wheel (11) 4And it was in May 2002 the Queen opened 'The Falkirk Wheel' something which was never been built before anywhere in the world.

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The Only Rotating Boatlift In The World - The Falkirk Wheel (11) 8Its has a diameter of 35 meters (110 ft), two axe-shaped arm, water-filled caissons boasting an 80,000-gallon capacity each, capable of lifting combined capacity of 600 tonnes & rotates through 180° in five & a half minutes while using very little power. Its surprisingly efficient it takes just 22.5 kilowatts (30.2 hp) to power the electric motors.

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