Brooks Water Wheel, Patent Model

This model was submitted to the U.S. Patent Office with the application for the patent issued to Edgar B. Brooks, of La Porte, Indiana, February 10, 1880; no. 224270.
This is a nicely made brass model of an inward-flow reaction turbine having the register type of adjustable feed chutes or guide vanes and a cylinder water gate. The combination relieves the guide vanes of the function of cutting off the water when the wheel is to be stopped and makes it unnecessary that the guide vanes close perfectly, so that any looseness developed in them by wear is immaterial.
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.
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Object Name
turbine, hydraulic, model
patent model, water wheel turbine
date made
patent date
Brooks, Edgar B.
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
overall-from catalog card: 14 in x 10 in; 35.56 cm x 25.4 cm
overall: 12 1/4 in x 9 1/2 in x 8 1/2 in; 31.115 cm x 24.13 cm x 21.59 cm
place made
United States: Indiana
associated place
United States: Indiana, La Porte
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
patent number
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Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
Industry & Manufacturing
Bulletin 173
Engineering, Building, and Architecture
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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