Item description for Voith Turbo Power by Hermann Schweicket...
This richly and coloured illustrated book about Hermann Fttinger, his idea of hydrodynamic power transmission, the industrial introduction and its further developments by Voith follows the trail of the technical milestones, that mark progress of hydrodynamic power transmission. Hydrodynamic power transmission at Voith initiated a successful expansion of a business area into an independent group division.
The book starts with the historical beginnings and describes the technical development of turbo transmissions for rail vehicles, which, after a few attempts, resulted in the Division "Power Transmission" at Voith. It also illustrates the vast field of industrial applications in control and start-up processes and gives an account of the development of transmissions and retarders for buses, coaches and trucks. This retrospective from early experiments to today's successes is followed by a brief overview of the prospects of hydrodynamic drive systems in the near future.
The text is well edited for generally interested readers. The well-founded depiction of technical contexts is easy to understand. The book bridges an information gap regarding the early applications of hydrodynamic power transmission to modern developments, a subject of which a treatise in such a richly illustrated presentation had not previously been available. Students and young engineers find it encouraging to read about the inventor Fttinger, his brilliant idea and the enormous impact it had on the development of industry with Voith. It is a must for every collectors library.
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Hermann Schweickert, born 1935 in Alzey, Rheinhessen, studied Engineering at Karlsruhe Technical University. 1959 he joined J. M. Voith GmbH in Heidenheim as a research engineer in the hydraulic test laboratory of the hydro turbine department. From 1964 to 1969 he worked as research assistant at the chair for fluid machines at Karlsruhe University, where he received his Doctorate in Engineering (Dr.-Ing.) in 1968. From 1969 until 1998 he held senior posts in design and sales again at Voith in Heidenheim, Business Division "Hydro Turbines." Following his professional career he went back to science for post-graduate studies at the Historic Institute of Stuttgart University, Department for Science and Engineering History, from 1998 until 2001, before he received his Doctorate in philosophy (Dr. phil.) in 2002.