[Book Reviews]

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    THE necessity of balancing steam engines was first felt in connexion with locomotives, and so long ago as 1834 Bodmer patented a method which was tried with some success about ten years later. Many horizontal marine engines were fitted with balance weights on the cranks, but balancing became of far greater importance with the introduction of fast-running engines for driving electric generators and torpedo craft, and with the construction of very large triple-expansion engines for Atlantic liners. Readers of the life of Sir Alfred Yarrow will recall his experiments on vibration made aboard the Majestic during a trip to America in 1890: experiments which led to his collaboration with Dr. Otto Schlick in the introduction of a design of a balanced four-cylinder engine.

    The Balancing of Engines.

    Prof. W. E. Dalby. Fourth edition. Pp. xii + 321. (London: Edward Arnold and Co., 1929.) 21s. net.

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    [Book Reviews]. Nature 127, 968–969 (1931). https://doi.org/10.1038/127968b0

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