I am assuming that you want your valve gear to have an inside admission piston valve. All three contestants proved worthy of building in large numbers. Link (Expansion Link) 8. �����}��IST�4_���yG���B�"��q�I�ЮЯC�8;ӻX ��Qf�b�#�%ɿ�R!R��)������_�y��wޕ%��i`��gL�S⌧��$�Z^d���� ��ܳ�]T]��A���p��9�l��#I Z��] >:�:�l�j���Z��7ܑ" �J�n&��OB�R=�B�������#���m���ޚ ;����8���|��2��3��+�x�m�Fr�H,e��xOX&��L�z�\� �,�]�k�R�����`�(Q�5���d�('JL��}ৱ�G�'ן`�BGɈ�+�6�9�����S��h����/j�N-@�#� ��b 0000003991 00000 n Remember that Walschaerts knew nothing about long travels and inside admission valves at the time of invention: some modern designs struggle to emulate the best of those dating from early in the 20th century. The primary reason for a more universal adoption of Walschaerts’ gear was its general suitability for mounting outside the frames, convenient for maintenance and permitting more strongly braced frames. There are small inherent timing errors at the return crank, which is normally set at the dead centres such that the tailpin of the expansion link assumes the same position in both cases. The BR Class 7 motion owes much to American layout practice with equiangular expansion link swings and a radius rod hanger forward of the trunnion. �����YĈ+|����LI�Ũ�ԣ�TNڧ�i���mo[�4T:�-vU�9�•�p�driB�Ȓ�veC[S5������)8�e�5����UZ��q�F�rH�Z��V-�W/̶�;mɹ~���{$.�4�,�8K�$���ƥR$�:�gDH��a�w���Hf�ȼ�Tg:7g$8;�z�k? The Class 5 reflects LMS general practice at ¼″ but is stated as being divided slightly unequally between the ports, though it is not specified whether this setting is hot or cold. Crosshead Arm 10. The events will never tie in exactly with results obtained by actual measurement, as the simulation contains exact dimensions without manufacturing tolerances, bearing clearances, etc. (A Standard BR Class five is very similar in most respects to the LMS version excepting the valve gear itself, which is geometrically inferior to that of the older engine.). The Baker, the Young, and the Southern valve gears, other well-known locomotive valve gears, are simply variations of the Walschaert gear. In 1844 Egide Walschaerts invented a valve gear that by 1848 appeared very much as it does today. Each CAD and any associated text, image or data is in no way sponsored by or affiliated with any company, organization or real-world item, product, or good it may purport to portray. The general adoption of the Walschaert valve gear has been accompanied by a number of variations which, do not eliminate its esential elements. J�]��?�If.�j#r��1��WS�`ܺ�o��"�Q��#�z5. Piston valves which superseded slide valves in the 20th century; 3. An approximate, but logical, method of designing Walschaerts & Stephenson valvegear Introduction The method ignores secondary effects such as the angularity of the connecting rod and the eccentric rods; its purpose is to provide a starting point for an accurate analysis using a drawing board, or preferably a computer. This is why tables of events list different figures for midgear at the minimum of the forward tabulation than those for reverse. It is of interest to investigate the points of relative sensitivity. I am using the valve gear design information given in Joseph Nelson's book "So You Want to Build a Live Steam Locomotive" for a Walschaerts valve gear. The rather spindly rods are more than capable of taking the light loads involved. Modellers rarely potter about on shunting duties and should design as befits the new role. A small discrepancy in the equality may be acceptable or even undetectable except by simulation, but working bearing clearances and subsequent wear could easily remove the desired lead altogether. Publication date 2009 Topics Baldwin Locomotive Works, Baldwin locomotives, Railroads Publisher Atglen, Penn. 0000006388 00000 n Reach Rod: 4. The radius rod slopes at 0.1 degrees! The Walschaerts valve gear is an improvement on the earlier Stephenson valve gear in that it enables the engineer to operate the steam engine in a continuous range of settings from maximum economy to maximum power. The spreadsheet cannot analyse other than equiangular expansion link swings, which mammoth mathematical exercise is best left to final adjustments in a simulator. DON ASHTON’S STEAM LOCOMOTIVE VALVE GEARS. Even the apparently symmetrical LNER/LMS extended radius rod reverser with an equiangular lifting arm shows this trend. Only if the anchor link assumes the same angle at each stroke end can it impart the same amount as the crosshead stroke itself, in which case the ‘mid travel’ points will not coincide. ��W���>���j /D����� \a������4��xt�(��f�����3��.i�G� �Ū The link of a Walschaert valve gear, or the gear connecting rod of a Baker valve gear, receive their reciprocating motion from the eccentric rod which is driven by the rotary motion of the eccentric crank pin. On modern large-wheeled engines little latitude for ideal placement may be available for a shaft which of necessity passes through the frames and beyond. The inside gear of the GWR 4-cylinder 4-6-0s avoided this constriction to advantage. The inventor's name was (Egide) Walschaerts (pronunciation: ay-gee-da val-sherts), but the design was patented under the name Walschaert for political reasons.Ref: Publications Style Manual, Pennsylvania Railroad Technical and … 0000007490 00000 n 0000011122 00000 n 0000008712 00000 n In the example below, the lap is 0.09375". Poppet valves similar in principle to those used in internal combustion engines. ���hf*����k7��g���G�!�^�F��o��-0A�4 'Fc����(� ��>~i@��5������}�YW�����Ɣ`VPjW���Y�wU�b�����O��A��S�!�(�$������F7�4 ;U��Z+`��Ó��1cl��ӌxjH����I!!O������6��fop,��K.b�S,v�̫��2�82�>6�5e_t�iB�w���D��tpNW�O1�4!" Originally published as two separate booklets back in 1976, this is the 2007 combined and much updated edition, the major change being the inclusion of … The return crank angle depends on the pitch circle and the distance and height of the expansion link tailpin relative to the axle at dead centres. It is not difficult to conclude that the detailed design of Walschaerts’ gear is more complex than that of Stephenson’s gear, which has the advantage of combining the two components directly at the eccentric setting and merely requires that nothing in the subsequent chain of the mechanism should disturb its propensities. 0000009782 00000 n Hello, and thanks for reading my post in advance! Could it have been better? The Walschaerts valve gear is a type of valve gear invented by Belgian railway mechanical engineer Egide Walschaerts in 1844 used to regulate the flow of steam to the pistons in steam engines. The pattern of events produced by the gear, particularly the differences column, should reflect those obtained by either the large gear model of the drawing office or those taken manually from a completed engine. Bear in mind that these areas of adjustment refer to the design stage. Most locos built since the 1920s use piston valves as per the diagram; some earlier locos with lower superheat & pressure used slide valves - look at the animation 'wals_out' notice the radius rod links with the combination lever below the valve axis. Only the 1/8th″ lead is somewhat optimistic. Note that ‘x’ is the 90 degree component obtained from the equivalent eccentric. Reverse Arm & Shaft 7. Lead is such a very small amount within a large mechanism that it behoves the designer and builder to observe critical accuracy. Quite clearly the backset is shown to be relatively insensitive to adjustment, as expected. Backset of the tailpin is clearly zero and we can expect that the expansion link swings are unequal, in fact by 2.11 degrees. That the student should resist this temptation will soon become apparent; the alteration of a single part necessarily alters the whole. Most locomotives employing a leading bogie benefit from greater space in which to design the gear – all other six-wheeled engines of short wheelbase may suffer from compaction. As usual I'll show my work. 0000002351 00000 n 0000003054 00000 n In our miniature versions it's usual to design the valve gear to have a cut off of at least 75% in full gear to ensure easy starting. In the average inside admission arrangement there is therefore scope for reducing the pitch circle using a shorter leading return crank, such that an adequate foregear starting cut off is maintained. Walschaerts Valve Gear by Baldwin Locomotive Works. The Computer-Aided Design ("CAD") files and all associated content posted to this website are created, uploaded, managed and owned by third party users. The envelope of the gear is a squat rectangle containing a long anchor link, small pitch circle and minimal expansion link swings and one might expect little problem in attaining good event equality. It is a simple piece of geometry often ill-devised for no apparent reason and the gear’s ability to support equal leads, the smallest quantity in a large piece of machinery, is highly dependent upon this principle. Longer valve travels inevitably make this area more difficult to appease. This latter was more frequently a feature of Continental practice and has the admirable propensity, with a double arm, of providing the means of increasing valve travel without incurring objectionably large pitch circles and the angularity problems stemming therefrom. At any setting, the valve gear satisfies the following two conditions: 1. It will be found in most cases that given equal depths in gear for forward and reverse working the percentage of cut offs in back gear will exceed those in forward gear by as much as 6%. 6!�gv��YJc�0J(�����$� YBTD��Z|(�i=Ȭ�]�'���u�;g�-�K��;�j�%����U�s�T�Ɛf@Q��)%A#„�z�fumc[��+(�]��*�mP��^�j��Q�3ƨ$�4J�}�ae�b��������� Some dimensions must be sourced from a drawing, and it is recommended that a CAD construction is maintained at the same time to provide other relevant entries. Simulation verifies the faith placed on introduction to the drawing. H��U�n�0��+�� ÇD�E�C� ��@/�L�*$ʕ��������5 The worldwide use of a hanger for the rear end of the radius rod was extensive, generally raising the number of badly orientated ones, and simulation with experience seems the only sensible way to go. It was extensively used in steam locomotives from the late 19th century until the end of the steam era. I'm a 16 year old student in my high-school, within New Zealand. Steam Locomotive Walschaert Valve Gear Diagram Walschaert Valve Gear -- Invented in 1844 by Egide Walschaerts, foreman of the Belgian State Railway (Diagram based on 4-6-2 Pacific, Soo #2714) 1. Holcroft was evidently aware of this and promoted it on the Southern Railway, choosing a rather cramped arrangement which did it no special favours. 0000024802 00000 n The valves on a steam engine control the flow of steam in and out of the cylinders. 0000007194 00000 n H��U[k�0~ϯ8Oc�T�ŖmV This is important in two significant respects: firstly, the angularity problems are smaller and secondly the geometry dictates that the valve is driven from the upper pin of the combination lever, the ratio of which causes the radius rod to impart a relatively large movement of the upper pin. If so, this will mean the design of the gear's combination lever, as well as the position of the eccentric crank, on the main crank pin, will be configured differently that with an outside admission valve. Notice particularly that the lead function normally associated with the crosshead and combination lever can be readily influenced by the parts of the 90o component – it is unwise to think of the two harmonic motions as separate entities. Whilst the B1 barely manages a constant 1/8th″ the Hall is 1/8th″ negative in full gear and does not reach 1/8th″ positive until the middle of its cut off working range. First the angular swings themselves. �o_���/[�R��%���K ���D�2:`� c_ ��b9�� Slide valves largely used in the 19th century; 2. An example of the difficulties attending compaction of the envelope is to be found in the GWR 1500 Class 0-6-0 engines of which only 10 were made. A site dedicated to animation of mechanisms, pneumatic, hydraulic and electronic components On the other hand, cut offs of 78.92% and 75.53% from a backset angular increase of some 5.5o are little different in equality from standard, giving the same port opening inequality from angular swings of 24.6o and 26.23o. The program itself can be switched to English or German language within the headline. The B1 gear benefits from occupying a large symmetrical envelope and the parts contain dimensions never finer than 1/32nd″, and even these prove by CAD to be precise. There is an apparent assumption that at dead centres the union link is parallel with the gear line which is proven in the reconstruction, though another that purports the radius rod top pin, expansion link trunnion and weighshaft all to be in line proves not quite so. 298 0 obj<>stream To add to this, the working of the die in the upper half of a curved ‘rocker’ (expansion link) is quite different in detail. Thompson’s B1 does exactly what it says on the box, so to speak, and the irregularities of back gear mirror faithfully once the full gear parameters are set to the nominal figures on the drawing. I am atempting to do a free lance valve gear design for a 1/8 scale Climax locomotive which I am building. The GWR 1500 tank and its 5″G Model ‘SPEEDY’. endstream endobj 310 0 obj<>stream Don Ashton's final edition of his well known book on designing Walschaerts and Stephenson's valve gear is available again, reprinted by agreement with him. Most of these were slide valve fitted. Radius Bar 9. In retrospect this proves a doubtful way to deal with long valve travels and the events are generally inferior to those produced 20 years earlier. The swings of a hanger or the constraints of a die must be arranged to balance as a whole so that the valve operates as desired, and may demand expansion link swings disparate by 2o or more. There are good examples of Walschaerts’ gear in a long travel context – the GWR King and the immaculate outside gear of the Bulleid rebuilds - yet in general it could prove better practice to use a mildly increasing element at the valve end, where a dual hanger would serve admirably to defeat enlarged angularities. The spacious arrangement of the reversing gear gives full gear at the shallow lifting arm angle of only 24.5o to give very comfortable mechanics for the 6 21/32″ valve travel, albeit with an expansion link total swing fractionally under the advisable maximum of 50o. It shows forward gear and the expansion link near mid swing, yet the awkward placing of weighshaft and lifting components denies symmetry in operation. Enthusiasts, apart from partisanship, might be tempted to compare the LNER mixed traffic engine with the LMS Black Five and the GWR Hall. This then sets the leads exactly equal once the valve is also set so. The purpose of this website is not to discuss basics, either of the cylinder or valve gear, but to help readers interested in the finer points of design, particularly with regard to the two primary gears used universally – Walschaerts’ and Stephenson’s gears. In practice the eccentric rod length is adjusted to maintain the principle even though veracity assumes that the return crank and its angular setting, together with the drive from the crosshead, are correct. 0000011798 00000 n The larger BR Standard Classes, though not employing the upper half for forward running, gave more space to the hanger arrangement but failed to optimise the geometry. 0000001458 00000 n If the ‘mid’ points coincide the angular extents will differ. Lifting Arm 6. Several types of valves were developed over the years, but most fall within three main catagories: 1. Walschaerts’ gear readily satisfies this condition since only the raising of the radius rod is involved. Eccentric Crank 2. It is not often that a motion drawing adequately and distinctly provides all the information necessary in order to reconstruct the gear in CAD, but Thompson’s LNER B1 4-6-0 is one such. Piston valves which superseded slide valves in the 20th century; 3. 0000010432 00000 n There are several items, including three simulators, of particular interest to the valve gear student, all downloadable without charge. The primary reason for a more universal adoption of Walschaerts’ gear was its general suitability for mounting outside the frames, convenient for maintenance and permitting more strongly braced frames. trailer 0000003090 00000 n That automatically means that a variable error exists at all other points by the transmission of rotary to linear motion. The backset has to be reduced by half in order to equate port openings, yet the cut offs remain similar at 78.14% and 72.54%. x�b```b``]���� �� �� @1V����m �j �``�Jq�3���|×i���kP1�߁g_'{%% My own design for Speedy clears the faults of the original without resort to a completely new layout in order to assist those who have already progressed too far down the LBSC road to contemplate total renewal. It is assumed that those readers are already conversant with what the gears are expected to achieve. In designing the initial parameters it is perhaps wise to realise that at the time of its invention valve travels were short, with slide valves necessary for outside admission. Much of the compaction arises from the proximity of the cylinder to the driving axle and use of the trailing axle to originate the drive (like the USA Dock Tanks) would have created a better envelope. Model engineering owes so much to this great pioneer who, however, humbly stated his poor knowledge of valve gear design. 0000004331 00000 n An input from the radius rod of 3.72 moves the valve 3.216 in inside admission, but achieves 4.308 at the valve with outside admission. The backset is a suitable modifier and will be found to be fairly insensitive, but the anchor link quickly alters the shape of the cut off curve as opposed to its position. 1) Don Ashton's design spreadsheet in Excel for Stephenson's gear. yi�����D���G��]H7X���P�S�xz~������y~�� The actual angular setting for the return crank and eccentric rod will now depend on the expansion link position and its tailpin. Design and Layout of a Valve Gear From time to time there has appeared references to valve gears or parts, but no complete or logical method of deriving proper proportions. at the very start of a stroke, the valve opens to admit steam from the boiler into that space. All this is largely relative to the production of equiangular swings, which may or may not be best for a particular design. Eccentric Rod 3. 0000002274 00000 n Although some engineers did not favour using the upper expansion link half for forward running because the drive is then indirect, the position is in fact little different from the many cases of rocker use in valve gears, though the results are not at 180 degrees. In this case the angle, length of return crank and eccentric rod length conform precisely and confirm the somewhat obscured pitch circle radius dimension. I am having problems with how to determine the Return Crank pitch diameter or the Link Block travel. 0000001277 00000 n The simulator results quickly reveal the levels of equality between both ports. Moving the point of suspension (1″) on the radius rod quickly disturbs the port openings, the cut offs much less so, whereas shifting the weighshaft 1″ horizontally either side equalises port openings at the expense of cut off disparity. Tracing each item in the chain provides an overview of their functions and specific problems that can influence their design. Excepting the drop link the gears appear closely matched and shows just how so very near a design can produce hopelessly different results. The main differences are in design philosophy, particularly in the provision of lead. J/`�ӵ�1&� �1����Lb���%��}�a��8]��T��j�l8�� g�((%)�R1BUnߟ~LM��)Q�1I*�t�L5�V��^�4��֠&?X*4(���.�8K�$�[$��w�. 0000007746 00000 n it is hoped that the following notes will be of use, particularly to anyone building free lance or without proper original drawings. The error increases with pitch circle diameter increase, calling for the least that will provide sufficient travel to the valve. There are, of course, many other design features that might influence a comparison. LMS type fitting of the return crank is by four studs in the crank pin, though it is a tongue and slot arrangement that takes the driving loads, not the studs. Also bear in mind that the simulator has no means of massaging figures! Some older American locos used bolt-on Walschaerts' or 'Baker' gear to update them. It is interesting to superimpose the model design over the Swindon drawing at the same scale (but without equating the valve and ports). A Suggestion for Setting Out Walschaerts Gear by LBSC. The combination lever and radius rod require support either by a valve crosshead guide or by a hanger. Numerous and misguided have been the modellers’ attempts to rectify the situation, since the proponents little understood the problems of compaction. The drawing should be constructed with the main crank on back dead centre. From the cylinder and port requirements feed the cells marked ‘enter’ in the spreadsheet and adjust lap, lead and port opening to obtain a suitable full gear cut off. 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