Designing a shaped balloon machine with a waterwheel mechanism

Chien Yu Lu, Kai Yi Hsueh, Lian Wang Lee, Ching Chou Tai, Te Jen Su

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This paper explores the mechanism design of a balloon machine representing a vending machine where consumers can select their desired shapes, as well as avoid bursting caused by manual inflation. Inside the machine, balloons are placed on the mechanism designed based on a waterwheel which rotates at a constant speed generated by motion among different sizes of gears. When rotating to the corresponding shaped balloon, the inflator will move under the opening to pull it out from the display point and start to inflate the balloon for the set number of seconds. After the inflation is completed, the glass door will open and the customer can take out their balloon. The main purpose of our development and design of the balloon machine is to improve the general balloon blowing and it is easy to prevent over-exposure and blast. The balloon machine can automatically inflate and detect the blowing time to improve the shortcomings of the balloon's blast. In this way, it can effectively decrease sudden explosions and the number of frightened people.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2040152
JournalInternational Journal of Modern Physics B
Issue number22-24
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Sep 30

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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