Stuart No 1 - The Flywheel


As already explained - the loss of some computer files has meant that some sections of this building tutor were lost.

Consequently - this document is lacking in many photographs, but a similar process can be found in the machining of the flywheel for the Robinson Hot Air engine. In face any wheel machined from a casting would be made along similar principles.

This flywheel was machined with a grub screw rather than a keyway for simplicity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To start with the flywheel was mounted on the faceplate as shown and set to run true. Thin packing was added behind the rim so that it could be machined without scouring the faceplate.

Centring the flywheel may take some time, but it is important for it to be correct to finish up with a flywheel that runs true.

To start with the inside rim of the part (which was to be left unmachined) was set so that the flywheel casting had no radial run out.

Then each of the spokes had to be checked to ensure there would be no axial run out. Axial run out was corrected by shimming the flywheel off the faceplate.

The flywheel with initial machining complete.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this setting the rim of the flywheel was machined using a slow speed on the lathe. Also the centre boss was faced, centre drilled, drilled and reamed to final size. Machining the hole and the rim in one setting should provide a flywheel that runs true.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next the flywheel was reversed on the faceplate. No packing was needed here, as the outside of the rim would not be machined. It was also not necessary to centre anything because only facing operations would be carried out on the rim and centre boss in this setting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In theory, these two operations should give an accurate, true running flywheel. However the reality is that things like the tightening of the grub screw can bias the flywheel on the shaft and give axial runout. If this is the case then an arbour should be turned and the flywheel mounted on this, secured the grub screw to be used in the final assembly. Then the rim can be skimmed to get it perfect. Only light cuts should be taken and a slow speed used to avoid tool chatter.

If this skimming is to be done then it is worth painting the spoke first so that a neat line between the rim and the painted spokes is achieved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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