Multiple-cylinder mill

Multiple-cylinder mill

Inv. 397
Interpretation by Alessandro Siriati, 1952 - 1953

This mill, conceived to be positioned straddling a watercourse, is equipped with a large number of millstones actuated by a single motor force. Four series of hydraulic wheels are positioned along the canal at different levels, each connected to a different transmission shaft, which engage 32 millstones, 16 on each side. The paddle wheels, moved by the falling water, actuate the system of shafts and gears so as to move the millstones simultaneously.

The model is based on the drawing:

  • Codex Atlanticus ff. 830c r., 830c v. (1493)
    Milano, Biblioteca Ambrosiana