March 30, 2023

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The early use of Hydraulics

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Everywhere you look, there is hydraulics. Hydraulics is a system of moving and lifting that uses fluid to achieve those aims. Using the power of hydraulics is not as new as you might think. Whilst it may seem that we have only just tapped into this power, the use of hydraulics dates back to ancient times. New services involve a Hydraulic Power Unit such as those you’d get from Hydra Products.

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The first artisan scientists, such as Galileo and Da Vinci, were some of the first to really engage with the power of Hydraulics. Later on, Pascal and his Laws of Physics’ work was able to further the understanding and the use. However, there is plenty of evidence that the use of hydraulics was even earlier than that.

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Mesopotamia, now Modern Iraq and Iran, plus the Ancient Egyptians, were using the power of water flow to irrigate their fields and move power mills. Then came the Greeks and Romans, who built aqueducts to collect water from rivers and bring them straight into the heart of their developing towns and cities. This allowed for the development of early urban populations. It also allowed new scientists like Ctesibius of Alexandria who would start to create water-powered clocks whose hands would move from being powered by the flow of water. They were even reasonably accurate.

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