Falkirk Wheel - Educating Global Leaders

Falkirk Wheel - Educating Global Leaders

Falkirk Wheel

At the beginning there were two canals: Canal Forth and Clyde was built in 1777 between harbors

Grangemouth and Falkirk connecting Glasgow with west cost of Scotland.

Canal Union between Falkirk and Edinburgh was finished in 1822. Because of geographical difficulties, which created a difference

of 79ft.in elevation, the two canals were connected by 11 locks.

Canal Map

Artists Conception

Architectural Rendering

Schematic Diagram

In 1963, after 150 yrs of existence of this water way with 11 locks, the construction of a huge water carousel

started. This extraordinary idea was finished in 2002 and became a symbol of Scotland.

This invention saves not only time, but also energy.

Entrance to lower canal

35 m

There are boats in both tubs upper and lower

Rotation is starting

Boats in both rotating arms

One tub 78ft. Long with water and boat weights 300 tons.

The tubs are filled according the Archimedes Law.

So the weight of tubs are balanced. To open the upper and lower lock and turn the whole

system by 180 they need an engine of 22.5 kW, which only use 1.5 kWh

Closing the gate , regulation of level of water, and tubs rotation takes only 15 min.

Oten...

Just before landing

View from above

This is the only rotational boat transporter in

the world. It has two arms and each arm forms a kind of huge tub filled with water.

Boats enter the tub, then the tub locks up and the huge arm starts rotating .

Luxury Canal Boat

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