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The pin was kept cool throughout a continuous run of eleven hours, during which time only 1 cubic inch of oil was used, and the results showed that the general features, including the regulation of the supply, made this one of the very best forms for the purpose.



GOVERNORS used on gas engines are mechanical combinations in which the centrifugal force developed is balanced and opposed


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by dead-weights, springs, or other resistance, and are mostly arranged to run at an average speed, determined by the conditions under which the engine is employed, with a margin of variation usually allowed in the design, generally ranging from 2 per cent. for engines where great steadiness is a desideratum

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to 5 per cent. for ordinary purposes. Governors may be classified as follows:

1. The centrifugal form with (A) spring and (B) dead-weight resistance.

2. The inertia governor in its various forms.

The best known of the spring form of governor is that used by Messrs. Robey & Co., of the · Richardson 'type, which consists of a spring and revolving weights having great lifting and thrusting power, the sleeve being raised from the lowest to the highest position with a slight variation of speed.

Figs. 85 and 86 are sectional end and transverse elevations of a governor suitable for a 24 B.H,P. engine, and clearly show its construction and action. The following formulæ were used in its design, and as it would involve too much calculation to obtain strict accuracy, a margin of į per cent. is close enough for all practical purposes.

It was assumed in making the following calculations that the governor arm was hanging vertically, and the short arm resting upon the pad, formed a right angle with it.

In a well-designed governor disturbing action may be neglected, since its object should be to signal to a separate part of the engine to perform the work, such performance being carried out without interfering with the governing proper.

Weight of governor head, two arms, balls, spring, and two pins 7.25 lbs.
Weight of two balls and arms.

3.25 lbs. Spring at rest .

27 ins. long internal diameter.

& inch

13 inch
Number of coils, 10. B. W. G., 12.
Proportion of arm leverage = 5 to 3. Revolutions of driving shaft = 90.
Gear 48 to 13


295 revolutions per minute, bottom position

mean position

369 39

top position • 30 Weight of one 2-inch ball = 1.1 lb.

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a •1666' (8') 295
b .1875' = (') 332
20833' = (j')

369 Centrifugal force formula. •00034 x weight x radii in ft. x revolutions.? Centrifugal force :

·00034 2.2 x š x 2922 = 10·849 ъ •00034 x 2.2 x ia * 3322 = 15.458

·00034 x 2.2 x x 3692 = 21.218





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Force acting on pad due to centrifugal force of balls

Position Radii
5 x 10.849

5 x 15.458

5 x 21.218


3 Force acting on pad due to centrifugal force on pad - weight of governor head, balls, arms, springs, pins, &c. = required spring resistance.

18.0817 7.25=10.8317 lbs. b 25•763 – 7.25 = 18.513

35.363 – 7.25 = 28.113




The Robey Governing Gear In governing a large engine the conditions are somewhat different from those which obtain in small engines; for though

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the ordinary gas roller works well on small and medium sizeseven when arranged for close' governing—when applied to large ones it is a source of trouble, owing to the small amount of surface contact under heavy lifting pressure. In fig. 87, which is the governing arrangement used on a large-size Robey engine, it will be seen that so long as the governor is in its mid-position, the gas valve is lifted by the lever A, the connecting levers from the governor being so designed that no disturbing action takes place; but immediately the load is released, the striking pecker is pulled out of action and a cut-out effected. Graduated notches are, however, arranged on the end of the gas valve spindle when the engine is used for electric lighting. The lifting pecker, as well as the end of the gas valve spindle, is made of tool steel, case-hardened, and has very broad striking edges.

If, through any cause, the normal speed of the engine be considerably increased, so that the governor assumes a position midway between its normal and the highest, the pecker is moved out of action to such a point that it acts as a strut, and holds the governor in that position until the engine stops. This feature enables a communication to be made by a wire with any part of the building or offices, so that in case of accident the engine may be readily brought to a standstill.

Crossley's Centrifugal Governor Messrs. Crossley’s dead-weight governor (as shown at fig. .88) was introduced by them in the early days of gas engines, and has retained its form to this day. The sleeve is not in contact with the counterpoise until the engine has attained a certain speed, it is until that time an unloaded governor ; but for all practical purposes may be treated as a loaded one, and by varying the weight of the poise the speed of the engine may be altered.

Crossley's Inertia Governor (Patented in 1881) Fig. 89 is an elevation and fig. 90 a plan of an inertia governor arranged on a vertical engine.

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