A History of Control Engineering 1930-1955 by Stuart Bennett

By Stuart Bennett

Following his publication at the beginning of regulate engineering (1800-1930) the writer now strains improvement during the severe interval 1930-1955, extensively pointed out because the interval of 'classical' keep an eye on concept. within the Nineteen Thirties easy computerized keep watch over units have been constructed and utilized in technique industries, as have been servos for the keep an eye on of airplane and ships and amplifiers for the phone procedure and early pcs and so forth.

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However, on-off control systems, even when providing acceptable control of the measured (controlled) variable, can cause other problems. In 1925, the Carrick Engineering Company explained that the constant fluctuations of the damper in response to the on-off control of boiler steam pressure 'subject the fuel bed first to excess air then to insufficient a i r . . Furnace efficiency and fuel economy are. . sacrificed for pressure regulation.... The furnace brickwork [is damaged] because of sudden changes in furnace temperature.

C. 'Technological trends and national policy: including the social implications of new inventions' Report of Subcommittee on Technology to the National Resources Committee (GPO, Washington, DC, 1937) Gillian was a former curator of Social Sciences, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. L. (1936) 63 There were many references to its use as a relay. A typical article is 'New device uses light to control machinery', General Electric Review, 33(7) (1930), p. 398, and the Engineering Index for 1930 lists 41 entries dealing with the photoelectric cell used as a relay.

4 air line pressure gauge connections Cross section of control heads Reproduced (with partial redrawing) from Foxboro Bulletin 112-1 (1924), p. 5 Interior view showing the construction of an automatic temperature recorder of 1929 Reproduced from Foxboro Bulletin 112-2 (1929), p. 16 the spiral is the flapper arm. 4). 6) that was used to convert the pressure changes generated in the temperature bulb or other transducer into mechanical movement to operate either a recorder or controller. 4 Problems of on-off control From the initial on-off (relay) systems there was a gradual change to proportional, continuous control.

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