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Research Article

Mechanical Technique for Raising an Obelisk

Shiells JE*
US Government, 1401 Clearview rd, Edgewood MD, USA
Corresponding Author : James E Shiells
US Government, 1401 Clearview rd
Edgewood MD, USA
Tel: 410 676 0640
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: June 09, 2015 Accepted: July 29, 2015 Published: August 02, 2015
Citation: Shiells JE (2015) Mechanical Technique for Raising an Obelisk. J Appl Mech Eng 4:174. doi:10.4172/2168-9873.1000174
Copyright: © 2015 Shiells JE. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Abstract

A simple technique is outlined which may answer the mystery of how the Egyptian obelisks were raised to their upright position. This technique relies on a mechanical ram which is characterized by equations that are derived in this article. The mechanical ram is basically a leverage device which would enable the ancients to apply a very large force with only a minimal input force. A paper analysis is developed to show how this technique may have raised the heavy 130,000 kg Thutmose obelisk upright, although the procedure would have been painstakingly slow. Note however, that no case is made here that the Egyptians actually used this technique.

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