A Novel Water Wheel.
The accompanying illustration represents a novelty in the way of water wheels, a description of which we take from a milling journal. The principle of operation in this arrangement is in securing a great aggregate force of water descending an incline, being lodged in transverse buckets in endless series. The framework consists of two base sills with uprights, between which are journaled shafts having notched disks, which notches coincide with the link connections so as to form a sprocket movement. The buckets being flexibly connected in the direction of their length, adapt themselves in the passage round the wheels. Each bucket connection consists of a hinge rod extending through, and is provided with anti-friction carrying wheels. The purpose of these wheels will be obvious. It will be noticed that the descending portion of the endless buckets travels over an inclined track, and the carrying wheels roll on this track and support the weight of water in its descent with the buckets. It will, of course, be understood that under certain circumstances the length of the apparatus will he greatly increased. The water is let into the top of the buckets by a flume provided with a gate, which will regulate the flow to any degree required. Provision is made for adjusting the shafts in relation to each other, so as to take out slack or to remove and substitute buckets, or for any repairs that may be required. This apparatus can be made of unlimited size and utilize a whole creek or river, if needed. The two shafts, each having two projecting ends, can be each supplied with driving pulleys for power attachment, and this fact also counts largely in favor of this invention, aside from its general efficiency in other respects.