Movement 372

372. White’s dynamometer, for determining the amount of power required to give rotary motion to any piece of mechanism. The two horizontal bevel-gears are arranged in a hoop-snaped frame, which revolves freely on the middle of the horizontal shaft, on which there are two vertical bevel-gears gearing to the horizontal ones, one fast and the other loose on the shaft. Suppose the hoop to be held stationary, motion given to either vertical bevel-gear will be imparted through the horizontal gears to the other vertical one; but if the hoop be permitted it will revolve with the vertical gear put in motion, and the amount of power required to hold it stationary will correspond with that transmitted from the first gear, and a band attached to its periphery will indicate that power by the weight required to keep it still.