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Designed and built to a very high engineering standard in the UK, this turbine can exceed 2,500 RPM. Its design is based off of the steam turbine invented by Heron of Alexandria around 2,000 years ago, albeit with some modern improvements.


It now features high performance ball bearings, a steam safety valve and a water retainer to prevent water spitting out. The steam engine is mounted on a sleek frame that would not be out of place on many mantelpieces and makes a wonderfully didactic presentation.


It is commonly believed that Heron of Alexandria (c. 10 - 70 C.E) invented the very first steam engine. It was known as an aeolipile, aeolipyle or sometimes as an eolipile. In his writings, Vitruvius (C. 80 B.C.E - c. 15 C.E) mentioned the aeophile by name, which has led many historians to beleive its origins predate Heron.


To start the turbine you will need to remove the safety valve at the very top of the turbine and apply 12ml of water using the supplied syringe. You then fill the burner with methylated spirit and screw the safety valve back on. After that, it is simply a case of lighting the burner via the cotton wicks.


The steam turbine is suitable for ages 14 and above.

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Hero's Steam Turbine

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Product code: 002746
£99.00

Designed and built to a very high engineering standard in the UK, this turbine can exceed 2,500 RPM. Its design is based off of the steam turbine invented by Heron of Alexandria around 2,000 years ago, albeit with some modern improvements.



It now features high performance ball bearings, a steam safety valve and a water retainer to prevent water spitting out. The steam engine is mounted on a sleek frame that would not be out of place on many mantelpieces and makes a wonderfully didactic presentation.



It is commonly believed that Heron of Alexandria (c. 10 - 70 C.E) invented the very first steam engine. It was known as an aeolipile, aeolipyle or sometimes as an eolipile. In his writings, Vitruvius (C. 80 B.C.E - c. 15 C.E) mentioned the aeophile by name, which has led many historians to beleive its origins predate Heron.



To start the turbine you will need to remove the safety valve at the very top of the turbine and apply 12ml of water using the supplied syringe. You then fill the burner with methylated spirit and screw the safety valve back on. After that, it is simply a case of lighting the burner via the cotton wicks.



The steam turbine is suitable for ages 14 and above.


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