Would you “dig” the chance to operate a real excavator? Well, Discovery World and HUSCO International invite you to move a 6,000 pound machine with your bare hands in our brand new Fluid Power exhibit!
Give your family and friends a lift by turning a wheel to activate hydraulic fluid and a tiny pump. Multiply Your Might and Amplify Your Ingenuity through the wonders of hydraulics.
A Real, Working Excavator
The excavator is certainly the star of the show in our new Fluid Power exhibit. Able to lift thousands of pounds, this hydraulic marvel of ingenuity is as powerful as the huge cable and gear steam shovels that were used to dig the Panama Canal. At Discovery World, visitors will use old fashioned “elbow grease” (and some hydraulic fluid) to operate the boom, the swing arm, the shovel, and the tracks of the excavator.
Along with the excavator, Fluid Power features three additional interactive stations that explore concepts central to the science of hydraulics and fluid power. These hands-on exhibits demonstrate the amazing power and precision control of hydraulics while answering commonly asked questions regarding the science of hydraulics.
How does hydraulics work? At this station, visitors will investigate Pascal’s Law, which is the foundation of hydraulics and one of the principles of fluid mechanics. Visitors will use a piston and hydraulic fluid to multiply force and raise a large object.
How powerful is fluid power? In the case of hydraulics, a little volume means a whole lot of power. Guests can step onto a platform and be lifted using nothing more than hydraulic fluid and a small, hydraulic pump. Do you have a big family or lots of friends? Invite them all, because this machine can lift more than 1,000 pounds!
Why use hydraulics? What makes fluid power so flexible? Here, visitors will compare a hydraulic circuit with a mechanical circuit made of sprockets, chain drives, and gears. This engaging side by side comparison highlights the versatility and simplicity of a hydraulic system.