19 Example Of Mechanical To Kinetic Energy: Detailed Explanations


In this article, we will discuss the various example of mechanical to kinetic energy conversion with detailed facts.

Here is a list of examples that we are going to discuss in this topic:-

Windmills

Windmills are used to derive wind energy by converting it into electric energy. When the wind speed is high, the propellers of the windmill start to rotate; hence we have mechanical energy here, which is then accelerated by the motor thus converting into kinetic energy.

example of mechanical to kinetic energy
Windmills; Image Credit: Pixabay

The energy generated is stored by the generator which is connected to the motor on the windmill and then processed whenever required.

Trains

The mechanical energy is supplied to the train from the heat energy generated due to burning coal.

Locomoting Train;
Image Credit: Pixabay

This heat energy produced starts the engine converting the energy in the form of mechanical energy which speeds up the engine of the train converting it into kinetic energy.

Vehicles

The mechanical energy generated by the diesel engine is converted into the kinetic energy of the vehicle.

The piston moves up and down allowing the air to gush in and compress heating up the air burning the fuel due to the combustion process giving energy to the motor to run the wheels of a vehicle.

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Drones

The propellers of the drone attached to the motors rotate giving the mechanical energy. These rotating propellers produce enough thrust on the ground to lift the drone in the vertically upward direction.

Drone; Image Credit: Pixabay

Thus converting mechanical energy from the rotating propellers to kinetic energy due to which it can travel high in the air.

Bicycles

Peddling the cycle is a form of mechanical energy due to which the bicycle takes the momentum and is moved forward by converting the mechanical energy to kinetic energy.

Cycling; Image Credit: Pixabay

Toy Cars

Toy car comes with batteries, which stores chemical potential energy. This energy is supplied to the motor of the car that is attached to the wheels. On application of electric energy, the wheels of the car rotate along with the motor, this is mechanical energy. As the wheel rotates it will accelerate thus converting mechanical energy into kinetic energy.

Motorboats

The motorboat has a combustion engine along with a gearbox and a propeller. This mechanical energy is utilized to drive the motorboat in the water.

Motorboat; Image Credit: Pixabay

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Bow and Arrow

The bow stores the energy in the form of elastic potential energy which is transferred to the arrow when it is released.

Archery; Image Credit: Pixabay

This potential energy is derived from the mechanical energy which is passed to the arrow in the form of kinetic energy to travel through the air and hit the target.

Generators

The generators are used to convert mechanical energy into electrical energy.

Turbine Wheel;
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The source of mechanical energy can be wind turbines, water turbines, gas turbines, or internal combustion engines. This mechanical energy is released in the form of kinetic energy which escalates the rotations of the turbine and is converted into electrical energy further.

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Pulley

A pulley is a small circular wheel that is used to lift the object changing the direction the force to be applied making the work easy. This is even used in the lifts.

Pulley; Image Credit: Pixabay

The mass is carried from one place to another thus converting the mechanical energy derived from the pulley to the kinetic energy of the mass.

Ferries Wheels

The ferries wheel consist of a wheel and an axle, which on rotation on the axle converts the mechanical energy to kinetic energy thus moving the people sitting on the ferries wheel in a circular motion.

Doors & Windows

The doors and windows are attached to the side jamb. The mechanical energy is due to the door jambs on sides, whereas this is converted into kinetic energy while opening and closing the door.

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Hammer

On hammering the screw, the mechanical energy thus produced is converted into the kinetic energy of the nail that pushes it inside the barrier.

Hammering the nail;
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Bowling

On giving a roll to a bowling ball, it goes and hits the target by converting the mechanical energy to kinetic energy.

Bowling; Image Credit: Pixabay

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Electric Motors

The motor starts rotating on the application of electric energy.

Motor attached to Shaft;
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The rotational mechanical energy of the motor is converted into the kinetic energy used to rotate it at high speed.

Screwdriver

Screwing is a form of mechanical energy. This mechanical energy is also converted into kinetic energy at the same time as the spiral winding around the screw moves inside the nut.

Spinning top

We see the precessional motion of the spinning top conserving its momentum.

Spinning Tops;
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Since the spinning top possesses the mass; hence this is in the form of mechanical energy which is converted into kinetic energy while precessing.

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Bull Cart

A bull cart is driven by the bulls which consist of two giant wheels connected to the axle.

Cart; Image Credit: Pixabay

On pulling the cart, the mechanical energy produced by the wheel and axle is converted into kinetic energy.

Trolley

Trolleys are used to carry the heavy load from one place to another. It makes it easier to drive the load as the trolleys consist of wheels attached to the axle thus converting the mechanical energy to kinetic energy.

Shopping Trolley;
Image Credit: Pixabay

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is mechanical energy?

The mechanical energy is generated when the object does some work.

It is the combination of kinetic and potential energy and mechanical energy is generated due to the movement of the objects while doing the work.

How mechanical energy is converted into kinetic energy?

The kinetic energy is utilized for the motion of the object.

The mechanical energy is converted into kinetic energy when the object accelerated to do the work.

AKSHITA MAPARI

Hi, I’m Akshita Mapari. I have done M.Sc. in Physics. I have worked on projects like Numerical modeling of winds and waves during cyclone, Physics of toys and mechanized thrill machines in amusement park based on Classical Mechanics. I have pursued a course on Arduino and have accomplished some mini projects on Arduino UNO. I always like to explore new zones in the field of science. I personally believe that learning is more enthusiastic when learnt with creativity. Apart from this, I like to read, travel, strumming on guitar, identifying rocks and strata, photography and playing chess. Connect me on LinkedIn - linkedin.com/in/akshita-mapari-b38a68122

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