Nice work Brian. It looks like it all operates very smoothly.
So that's what they mean when they say:
"she's running balls out"
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Yes, thats where that saying came from.Originally Posted by motorworks
Nice job Brian.
I will be interested to see how it goes for speed control under varying loads.
I have an interest in these governors as in my Navy days I had to maintain the Gun-fire controls and predictors. It was all well before transistors and NC. Many time-base constants were derived from governor-controlled DC motors which drove roller/ball/disc integrators and differentiators. The "tachos" were mechanical/analogue as well. Accuracy had to be within very small parts of 1%.
I had a lot to do with servo systems as well.
My guess is that you have had a good look into the theory and mechanics of governors (mechanical).
I went looking in Wikipedia (where else?) and for those that may think that these devices are "simple" or "easy", I suggest you read the following wiki links and then see if they are "simple".
I looked for the pictures of the Ocoee powerplant ball govenors.. quite beautiful.. I snuck a camera in and took a picture or two.
Do you have plans? or a location to purchase them? that'd be neat to have on my old drill press.. I've wanted to run it with a steam engine for years.. a old flat belt driven job.
Excuse me, I farted.
If the shaft was horizontal, would a spring work in place of gravity to bring the balls in as the shaft slows down?
Last edited by brian Rupnow; 12-11-2008 at 08:39 PM.
Very cool Brian...thanks for posting the clips.
Very nice as always!
I just need one more tool,just one!