Lo and behold! A zombie apocalypse broke out inside Roman territory. In the Iberia peninsula. Being smart as vitruvius is, he devised a plan on how to deal with the zombies. Use them as power sources!
Provided everything worked ok, what's the maximum power that can be extracted from this setup? Is there an alternative means to extract power from zombies? Would this provide enough power to move a war machine?
- Consider them to be human-like, with characteristic zombie gait, only differing in that they don't need to eat, they eat out of taste for human flesh, not out of nutrition. Do not consider normal metabolism. They can very well run continously, accumulating lactic acid without pain. There are no thermodynamic limits for them, besides that they can do whatever a normal human can do physically. They feel no pain and have an IQ between a cockroach and an anemone. In other words they are purely reactive. They seem to not have immune systems, so they rot under anything that consumes flesh. They only stop moving when they are out of muscle tissue. The difference in speed is due to activity in cerebellum, it's a matter of remembering how to run. The smart variety still remebers how to do trivial tasks, like opening doors. The dumb ones can only run towards a target. If they lack a leg they will be unable to stand up, walk or run.