In the first industrial revolution, the steam engine revolutionized the factories, the industry, the transport, the mining, the ships. At that time was the most advanced piece of technology that the mankind developed. Today it is possible to build at home a steam engine. One of the simplest desing is the steamboat or pop-pop boat.
Step 1: Materials
The required materials to build a steam boat are three:
- Sardine can
- 1/8-inch copper tubing (for natural gas)
- Bottle cap
Step 2: Manufacturing a Steam Boat
The copper tubing is rolled as shown in the first and second pictures. This part is the boiler where the water is heated and increases its pressure. One end is where the water gets in and the other end is where the heated water goes out.
Also remember to fill all the holes in the boats hull. I used silicon glue.
Step 3: Steamboat Launching
Now that the glue is dry it is time to start the steam engine. You will need the bottle cap, a napking and cooking oil. Put one part of the napking inside the bottle cap. Add some oil. Then put the boat inside water and with a lighter, ignite the napking with the oil. The boat will start going forward after 1 or 2 minutes, if not check if the water is properly heated.