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Valve Setting – [Steam Engines] - from 1923 POWER magazine - reprint

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Valve Setting, by L.H. Morris., originally published by POWER magazine, McGraw-Hill Co., New York, NY, 1922. Republished by Lindsay Publications, Bradley, IL, 2010. 5½ x 8½ paperback, 96 pages, ISBN 1-55918-391-8.

Please note this book is new, not used. It is a reprint, not an original

Good ol’ Lindsay writes: Back in 1906 electric motors were not commonly used in industry just yet. That would come in just a few years. Instead, big stationary engines in the power house driving line shafts would provide tools throughout the factory with power.

The guys too lazy to learn worked out in the factory doing the rotten work, while the engine man, who often had to teach himself from a correspondence course, or in this case, from educational articles published in Power magazine got one of the best jobs: in the power house. And he was well paid because without his skill, the whole factory would be shut down.

Here, you get the information that any expert engineer would have had to know in order to "tune-up" the stationary engine for maximum reliability and fuel economy. He would have referred to one of the chapters here for detailed step-by-step instructions on setting the valves. And you can, too.

This is the information that separates the men from the boys, the grunts from the foremen. You can be part of that, too.

Oh, I know. You don't have a stationary engine. But in understanding how the valves function, which is the single most important component on the engine, you get insight into the strengths and weaknesses of the various engines and from that you will understand more about stationary engines than the duds who "just wanna look at them pitchers..." You know the guy: he doesn't wanna know nuthin'. He just wants to watch that flywheel thing go round and that piston thing go in and out. Let him have fun. You and I will appreciate far more about those engines than he ever will because of basic knowledge he's too lazy to learn.

Got an engine? Tune it! Gonna build one? Good. Tune-it. Trying to identify and old engine from photographs? Maybe this can help. Consider it carefully. Inside steam engine info of unusually high quality. Get one today!

From the PREFACE:

The author makes no claim of presenting anything especially new or unusual in valve setting methods. Most of the methods given herein have been long in use; this statement, however, does not apply to the chapter on unaflow engines, which contains much material that is new. .

In all previous books on valve settings, the assumption has been made that the reader understood the action of the valve. In preparing this booklet the author has started with the simplest form of valve and crank, and has endeavored to develop the subject in such a way as to eliminate all the mystery that usually accompanies the construction of valve diagrams, and has then led up to methods of setting all the better known valve gear.
-- L.H.M. - New York, Dec. 15, 1922.

EXCERPTS from the book:

The above methods call for considerable shifting of the engine and adjusting of the valve rod and eccentric. The method which follows eliminates all this trouble and is recommended in all cases where exact setting is desirable.

Method. The valve should be lifted off its seat and a template made of the valve seat and of the valve. This is done by. . .

Many engines especially those driving air compressors make use of a valve having a secondary valve riding on top of the main valve and whose function is to control cutoff by covering the steam port in the main valve.

The lead, exhaust and compression are completely controlled by the main valve which, as indicated in the diagram Fig. 28, consists of an ordinary D slide valve that is extended in length with two admission ports P formed through it, each equal in width to the ports in the cylinder face. The main valve is driven by an eccentric, in the ordinary way, and. . .

The first step in setting a Corliss valve gear is to see that the motion of the eccentric is properly transmitted to the wristplate, The rocker arm should vibrate to equal distances on each side of a vertical line passing through the center of the rocker fulcrum pin C. In Fig. 34 the distances AD and DB should be equal. To check this a smooth board should be placed on the floor under the rocker arm. The arm should be placed in a vertical position and the plumb-bob dropped to just clear the board and a mark made. The engine should be turned over...

INDEX of Contents

  • Ames Unaflow
    • Auxiliary Valves
    • Valves
    • Setting Valves
  • Angularity of Connecting Rod
  • Ball Engine
  • Balanced Valve
  • Centers, Locating
  • Chuse Unaflow Engine
    • Auxiliary Exhaust on
    • Setting Valves of
  • Connecting Rod, Angularity of...
  • Corliss Valve
    • Action of
    • Angle of Advance of
    • Cutoff of
    • Lap of
    • Safety Cams of
    • Setting
  • Dead Centers. Locating
  • Diagrams, Valve
  • Erie Lentz Engine
  • Expansion of Steam
  • Filer and Stowell Unaflow
    • Setting Valves of
  • Hamilton Unaflow
    • Setting Exhaust Valves of
    • Setting Valves
  • Harrisburg Non-releasing Corliss
  • Lead of Valve
  • Lap of Corliss Valve
  • Lap of Valve
  • Meyer Cutoff Valves
  • Murray Unaflow
    • Auxiliary Exhaust of
    • Setting Valves on
  • Nordberg Tinaflow
    • Valves of
    • Setting Valves on
  • Piston Valves
  • Ridgway Unaflow
    • Setting Valves of
  • Riding-Cutoff Valves
  • Shaft-governed Valve Skinner
  • Exhaust Valves Slide Valve
  • Setting Slide Valve
  • Tramming Valve Rod
  • Unaflow Engines:
    • Ames
    • Chuse
    • Filer, Stowell
    • Hamilton
    • Skinner
    • Murray
    • Nordberg
  • Valves:
    • Ball
    • Corliss
    • Diagrams
    • Erie Lentz.
    • Harrisburg
    • Lap
    • Lead
    • Meyer
    • Piston
    • Riding Cutoff
    • Setting D Valves
    • Vilter
    • Unaflow
      • Ames
      • Chuse
      • Filer and Stowell
      • Hamilton
      • Skinner
      • Murray
      • Nordberg

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