Question regarding pendulum amplitude

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  1. OferG

    OferG New Member

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    Hi guys!

    I am building a pendulum-based mechanism for an art installation (NOT for timekeeping), and am looking to increase the amplitude of the pendulum swing.
    What would be the best way to go about it in terms of the escapement mechanism?

    I am currently using a basic anchor escapement, but this can be changed if necessary.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Tinker Dwight

    Tinker Dwight Registered User

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    A recoil like escapement is best for swing.
    An escapement with fewer teeth helps so each
    tooth has a longer distance to push the pallets.
    Tinker Dwight
     
  3. novicetimekeeper

    novicetimekeeper Registered User

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    verge escapements have pretty wild pendulum amplitude, though they usually have short pendulums.
     
  4. Tinker Dwight

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    Yes, they have a wide swing. It seems like I recall one of those swinging basket
    things for babies that used a verge escapement.
    Tinker Dwight
     
  5. OferG

    OferG New Member

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    Thanks for the pointers!
    These pointers, plus some additional info found around the internet should give me a good starting point for the next round of design and testing.

    I'll update on how it goes.
     
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    You find clocks made after verge was out of favour still using it because it is a much better driver for automata.
     
  7. John Haine

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