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walking beam

noun, Machinery
1.
an overhead oscillating lever, pivoted at the middle, for transmitting force from a vertical connecting rod below one end to a vertical connecting rod, pump rod, etc., below the other end.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45, Americanism
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  • The images clearly show the side-by-side smoke stacks and the metal walking beam that provided power to the paddle wheels.
  • Pitman arm: provides vertical movement from the rotating counter balance to the walking beam.
  • However, the weight of the boilers, and other machinery counter-balanced the walking beam.
  • Normally consists of an electric or gas motor that causes an elevated walking beam to reciprocate up and down.
  • The diamond shaped metal structure is probably the remains of a walking beam engine, a common design in ships of this type.
  • The diamond shaped metal structure is probably the remains of a walking beam engine, a comm on design in ships of this type.
  • The pump consisted of a steam engine that operated a walking beam.
  • walking beam flocculators are driven in a vertical direction, in a reciprocating fashion.

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