posted on May, 10 2005 @ 05:03 AM
you may also like to know that parsons was instrimental in the study of cavitation, as well as developing the turbine. He had the notion to use the
steam turbine on a ship and so designed a small launch to test it. The vessel called 'TURBINIA' when launched only did about 12 knots (they were
expecting 30). The reason unknown at the time was cavitation. To solve the problem he consulted the leading marine researchers of the day (Froude
and Reynolds) about the problem. He then went on to build the worlds first cavitation tunnel to study the phenomina in close detail.
After many months of study he realised what the problem was (power/area ratio too high) and corrcted the problem to achieve the massive (for the time)
speed of over 30knots. In order to prove his idea he devised a cunning plan, he gatecrashed the Spithead Review when the royal family and all the
heads of the armed forces were watching. Officials at the event did not have a vessel capable of catching them, and within 2 years all new RN
warships were powered with steam turbines.
Incidently 'Turbinia' is preseved (along with the first marine steam turbine) in a museum in Newcastle upon Tyne, Uk along with the worlds first
cavitation tunnel (which still works by the way, i last saw it running in 1995, 100 years after being built). All modern caviation tunnels still use
the same principals that he developed, including the ones used to study roket torpedos etc.
[edit on 10-5-2005 by paperplane_uk]