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Building Pop Pop Steam Boats by John Howard Green

Building Pop Pop Steam Boats by John Howard Green

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Easy to build steam powered pop pop boats
Easy to build steam powered pop pop boats

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Published by: John Howard Green on Mar 20, 2013
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Building Pop Pop Steam Boats by John Howard Green
Pop Pop steam powered boats are available readymade manufactured in Indiaand China and hand-made quality from Rose Boats of South Africa .So to learn about pop pop steam boats I read up on information on the internet.Interestingly there are differing opinions on how the engine works.Alan Raubenheimer of Rose Boats describes the steam engine as a cyclic flushaction.
 
Another more detailed description :The boat works because the water in the boiler turns to steam from the heat of the flame. The steam expands and jets down both pipes, propelling the boatforward. When the hot steam reaches the end of the pipes, It condenses, causinga vacuum, which sucks water up from both pipes back into the boiler.This process is repeated as fast as you can hear it beating the pop pop sound. Thiscycle is repeated over and over keeping the boat moving forward. The boat willchug along for a least 15 minutes, using a small candle or a few spoons of coconutor olive oil.It sounds simple enough, but the more detailed scientific explanation is evenmore difficult. Even after well over 100 years since their invention, much aboutthe pop pop boats remain a mystery. Some scientists, over the last few years,have been trying to calibrate and measure the heat and water temperature andsizes of tubes etc., in order to try and build a larger size boat and engine, So farthey have not succeeded. ( Extracted from Daves website Poppopman UK)
 
 
The above example of a simple steam powered boat designed by Slater Harrisonseehttp://www.sciencetoymaker.org was built by myself from the excellent instructions and plans on the website.The stand is my own design.This steam powered pop pop boat will work very well first time if you follow theinstructions step by step and it has a nice loud engine with good speed.The boat is built from recycled milk or juice cartons and the engine from a usedSoda can and flexi straws plus epoxy and hot melt glue.Highly recommended as a first pop pop boat build.My first attempt at a steam powered boat was based on the concave bottom of asoda can with top made from soda can metal soldered using 50/50 plumbers solidsolder and flux with 4mm copper for the water intake/exit.

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