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Basic Mechanical Engineering by Pravin Kumar

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14

Flywheel and Governors

Chapter Objectives

In this chapter, you will learn about:

  • Flywheel and its functions
  • Governors and their functions
  • Classification of governors
  • Sensitivity of governors
  • Difference between flywheel and governor
14.1  INTRODUCTION TO FLYWHEEL

Flywheel is an internal energy storage device. It absorbs mechanical energy during the period when the supply of energy is more than the requirement and releases it during the period when the requirement of energy is more than the supply. The main function of a fly wheel is to smoothen out variations in the speed of a shaft caused by torque fluctuations. If the source of the driving torque or load torque is fluctuating in nature, then a flywheel is used. Many machines have load ...

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