Power Transmission and Mechanisms of an Old Water Mill

  • Walter FrancoEmail author
  • Carlo Ferraresi
  • Roberto Revelli
Conference paper
Part of the Mechanisms and Machine Science book series (Mechan. Machine Science, volume 68)


For hundreds of years, millstones, hammers, sawmills, spinning mills have been powered by water wheels. Recently, there is a renewed interest in their use, both for their widespread diffusion in the territory, and for the excellent environmental integration. In the paper, the mechanical architecture of an old water mill, from water wheels to millstones, is described and the functional details of various mechanisms are provided.


Water wheel Water mill Bevel gear Wooden teeth gear History of mechanism and machine science 



Authors would like to thank the Cavanna family, owner of the mill, for their willingness, Davide Massucco for having carried out the survey of the mill and Paolo Cavagnero for some pictures. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement “ECO.G.U.S” (#701914).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Walter Franco
    • 1
    Email author
  • Carlo Ferraresi
    • 1
  • Roberto Revelli
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringPolitecnico di TorinoTorinoItaly
  2. 2.Department of Environment, Land and Infrastructure EngineeringPolitecnico di TorinoTorinoItaly

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