BACK TO THE TRIPLE
It seems months since I made any progress on the triple expansion steam engine. It is such a complicated build, at the limits of my abilities (or maybe beyond the limits), and many components have been partly made and put aside to be completed later, that I was unsure just where I needed to resume.
But, Xmas/Saturnalia, New year, several exhibitions, several competitions, and an intervening Stirling engine build all conspired to “force” me to put aside the difficult triple build. Then it was just too bloody hot to venture into the workshop. But we now have some milder weather, and I have some free time, so back into the workshop to inspect the triple and see where to resume.
I decided to do some easier components, to ease back into the build. So I started by making some of the steam pipes, CNC’d the flanges, and silver soldered them. Only to discover that there was inadequate access to tighten some of the flange bolts. So a quick redesign of the flanges to use only 2 bolts per flange, CNC’s some more flanges, removed the bad’uns, and silver soldered the new ones. All good now, except that I need to fill some unused threaded holes in the cylinder castings, and drill and tap some new ones.
Today I made the bearings for the yokes on the Stephenson’s reversing mechanism. These are made of gunmetal, quite small (9.5x8x4.7mm), need some precision drilling and reaming, and there are 12 of them.
After considering the “how to” options, I decided to use the recently installed 5C collet chuck on the lathe, having machined the gunmetal to fit neatly into a 3/8″ square collet.
The following pics were uploaded and the order was totally mixed up in the process. From previous experience I know that trying to re-sort them will result in chaos and losses, so I will leave them as is.
In the first photo the pipe enters the flange (if it was fitted) at an angle. Suely if this pipe entered at right angles it would have been easier to fit four nuts more easily?
True. I did consider that option, but I shaped the pipe according to the plans.
A right angle entry would require the pipe to stand too far away from the cylinder block.