Steam power made possible the early growth and success of WPI as an Institution. Researching original archive photos of the WPI Powerhouse sparked an interest in steam engine technology, the group launched a plan to design, manufacture and construct a 1/5 scale model of the original, Fitchburg-built Putnam Steam Engine, using modern manufacturing practices to recreate the engine in period correct materials. Work commenced in August to build a running scale engine, which was completed and ready for testing in late March. Performance of the finished engine will be discussed. Overall the knowledge gained from completing this engine covers many fields of mechanical engineering and demonstrates the fundamentals of WPI’s motto Theory and Practice.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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