Peavey Fluid Engine Governor, Patent Model

Description
This model was submitted to the U.S. Patent Office with the application for the patent issued to Andrew J. Peavey of Boston, Massachusetts, August 16, 1870, no. 106400.
The model represents a stationary cylinder filled with oil within which turns a paddle wheel driven by the engine at a speed dependent upon the velocity of the engine. Also within the stationary cylinder and surrounding the paddle wheel is a hollow cylinder, which is hung loosely upon the shaft of the paddle wheel and is free to revolve independently of it. This cylinder has a series of blades or abutments projecting from the inner side of its rim, so that as the paddle wheel causes the oil to revolve in the cylinder the moving oil will come into contact with the abutments and tend to turn the loose cylinder. Attached to the loose cylinder is a pinion that meshes with a toothed sector, which, in turn, is connected with the counterweight and so tends to oppose the turning of that cylinder. As the height to which the counterweight will be raised is a function of the velocity of the engine, this velocity can be governed by properly connecting the counterweight to the cut-off or throttle valve.
Reference:
This description comes from the 1939 Catalog of the Mechanical Collections of the Division of Engineering United States Museum Bulletin 173 by Frank A. Taylor.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
governor, model
patent model, govenor
patent model, govenor, steam engine
date made
1870
patent date
1870-08-16
inventor
Peavey, Andrew J.
Physical Description
steel (overall material)
brass (overall material)
Measurements
steel cylinder - from catalog card: 3 in x 5 in; 7.62 cm x 12.7 cm
overall: 7 1/2 in x 6 in x 6 1/2 in; 19.05 cm x 15.24 cm x 16.51 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts
associated place
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
ID Number
ER*308678
accession number
89797
catalog number
308678
patent number
106,400
subject
Engineering, Building, and Architecture
Work
Industry & Manufacturing
Bulletin 173
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Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
Bulletin 173
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Related Publication
Frank A. Taylor. Catalog of the Mechanical Collections of the Division of Engineering United States National Museum, Bulletin 173

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