The five scientists and engineers who laid the foundations for modern hydraulics.
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Discover the inspirational work and lives of five scientists, mathematicians and engineers who advanced the field of hydraulics.
Their work still informs modern hydraulic system design.
Benedetto Castelli (c.1577 – 1642)
Most important contribution to hydraulics: Mathematical formulation of the continuity law of running water based on the incompressibility of the liquid.
Blaise Pascal (1623 – 1662)
Most important contribution to hydraulics: Pascal’s Law.
Jean Léonard Marie Poiseuille (1799 – 1869)
Most important contribution to hydraulics: Poiseuille’s law, now more commonly known as the Hagen-Poiseuille equation.
Joseph Bramah (1748 – 1814)
Most important contribution to hydraulics: the Bramah press (or hydraulic press).
William Armstrong (1810 – 1900)
Most important contribution to hydraulics: The invention of the hydraulic engine and the hydraulic accumulator, and the widespread industrial deployment of major hydraulic systems, including iconic projects such as the hydraulic mechanisms in London’s Tower Bridge.
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