Hero Reaction Turbine Engine
By Dr. Greg Latta

Final Assembly and Operation

Hero Reaction Turbine
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 Main Page and Introduction  Head Button Construction
 Head Construction  Jet Construction
 Body Construction  Final Assembly and Operation

Final Assembly:
To finish the assembly of the turbine, the head button is first firmly screwed into the head and the head is then attached to the body with four 4-40 screws. The jets should already be attached to the body. A high quality ball bearing fishing swivel is then attached to the head button with a piece of wire, as shown in the picture at right. The swivel is attached to a support wire that is held in the hand while it is operating. The support wire should be long enough to keep your hand cool while operating the turbine, but short enough to avoid excess wobble.

Hero Reaction Turbine
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QuickTime Movie of the Engine in Operation:
Click on the link at right to watch a QuickTime movie of the engine in operation. The engine is first filled about 1/2 to 2/3 full of water. Don't overfill the engine. (If overfilled, you will wind up with boiling hot water spitting spit out all over the place when the engine starts.) The engine is then heated with an alcohol burner, Bunsen burner, propane torch, butane torch, or electric burner. (The heat source in the movie is an alcohol burner purchased from American Science and Surplus, a great source for all kinds of crazy scientific stuff.) It takes a few minutes for the engine to warm up, but once warmed up it really flies. If the engine stops working you have used up all of the water and you should remove it immediately from the heat source. Be sure to wear safety goggles to prevent any steam or hot water from getting in your eyes!

If the movie doesn't play correctly, try right clicking on the link and use the "Save Target As..." option to save the movie to your hard drive. You should then be able to use Windows Media Player to watch the movie.

QuickTime Movie of the
Hero Reaction Turbine Engine

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