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June 2011
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Flux Flow Analysis of the Edward Leedskalnin Flywheel


This evening I have analyzed the flux flow of Edward Leedskalnin’s fly wheel. Below are my findings.

We start with the well-known image of the flywheel which I have marked up with U-magnet polarity and null flux lines in the u-bends (a Bloch Wall-like region).

Ed Leedskalnin Flywheel showing magnetic polarity and Bloch walls

Next, I abstracted the flywheel to a simpler format to use as my working file.

Ed Leedskalnin Flywheel graphic showing magnetic polarity and Bloch wall ring formed by these 24 U-magnets

Note that Leedskalnin stacked his U-magnets 5 layers high so that there are actually a  total of 120 U-magnets used in his flywheel (i.e., 24 magnets around the circle stacked 5 layers tall)

Then I added my flux flow analysis. See below.

Flux flow analysis of Leedskalnin’s Flywheel

Finally, I removed the U-magnets from view so as to really be able to see the flux flow dynamics in action.

Refined flux flow analysis of Leedskalnin’s Flywheel

As you study the image, bear in mind that in addition to the cascading flow occurring around the ring, that the entire apparatus is set into rotation when the flywheel is engaged.

Leedskalnin’s symbol for magnetism likely comes from the operation of the flywheel.

Here is the symbol:

Leedskalnin’s Symbol for magnetism

It is also interesting to note that this symbol is displayed often in wrought iron designs, floral wallpaper designs, etched crystal designs, stone carvings, and others. Perhaps it has long pointed in the same direction of Leedskalnin ’s efforts hidden in plain sight throughout history as common decorative patterns.

Here is the symbol represented in the flux flow of the flywheel itself:

And its opposite which constantly alternates with the  flow shown in the image above:


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