A gyroscope in which a spherical rotor of superconducting niobium spins while in levitation at cryogenic temperatures. Also known as superconducting gyroscope.

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Graphical representations showing the abilities of rotating equipment at various operating conditions; for example, the performance curve for a compressor would include rotor speed for various intake and outlet pressures versus gas flow rate adjusted for temperature, density, viscosity, head, and other factors.


A rotary compressor in which a multiblade rotor revolves in a casing partly filled with liquid, for example, water.


A type of cat-andmouse rotary engine in which the pistons are vanes which are sections of a right circular cylinder; two pistons are attached to one rotor so K that they rotate with constant angular velocity, while the other two pistons are controlled by a gear-and-crank mechanism, so that angular velocity varies.


A type of flowmeter which measures the rotation rate of a small propeller or turbine rotor mounted at right angles to the end of a support rod and inserted into the flowing stream or closed pipe.


This unit has the ends of the babbitt bearing extended radially over the end of the shell. Collars on the rotor face these thrust pads, and the journal is supported in the bearing between the thrust collars.


A reaction turbine utilizes a jet of steam that flows from a nozzle on the rotor. Actually, the steam is directed into the moving blades by fixed blades designed to expand the steam. The result is a small increase in velocity over that of the moving blades. These blades form a wall of moving nozzles that further expand the steam. The steam flow is partially reversed by the moving blades, producing a reaction on the blades. Since the pressure drop is small across each row of nozzles (blades), the speed is comparatively low. Therefore, more rows of moving blades are needed than in an impulse turbine.


A rotating part of the device: electric motor, turbine, generator.


A gyroscope in which a small ball rotor is electrically suspended within an array of electrodes in a vacuum inside a ceramic envelope. See also GYRO, ELECTRICALLY SUS- PENDED GYRO.


A two-degree-of-freedom gyro or a gyro the spin axis of which may be oriented in any specified altitude. The rotor of this gyro has freedom to spin on its axis, freedom to tilt about its horizontal axis, and freedom to turn about its vertical axis. Also called FREE GYROSCOPE


A machine consisting of a rotor and housing for moving air or gases at relatively low-pressure differentials.

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