Volute (disambiguation)

Volute (Disambiguation)

Volute (disambiguation)

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The term volute is used in a number of different contexts, all of which derive from and allude to the original Latin root word voluta ("scroll"):

  • In architecture, a volute is a decorative element on columns.
  • In stairways, a volute is a handrail for a bullnose step that is shaped like a spiral.
  • In biology, a volute is one of a number of species of marine snails in the family Volutidae.
  • In engineering, a volute is the casing in a centrifugal pump, whose shape is somewhat similar to architectural volutes.
  • In engineering, a volute spring is a compression spring in the shape of a volute.
  • In pottery, a volute krater is a type of Greek urn that takes its name from the form of the handles, which spiral into volutes.

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