Watch and Clock Escapements eBook

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We erect from the point a a perpendicular to the line A a, and, as previously explained, establish the pallet center at B.  Inasmuch as we are to employ circular pallets, we lay off to the left on the arc m, from the point a, five degrees, said five degrees being half of the angular motion of the escape wheel utilized in the present drawing, and thus establish the point c, and from A as a center draw through this point the radial line A c’.  To the right of the point a we lay off five degrees and establish the point d.  To illustrate the underlying principle of our circular pallets:  with one leg of the dividers set at B we sweep through the points c a d the arcs c’’ a’’ d’’.

From B as a center, we continue the line B a to f, and with the dividers set at five inches, sweep the short arc e e.  From the intersection of this arc with the line B f we lay off one and a half degrees and draw the line B g, which establishes the extent of the lock on the entrance pallet.  It will be noticed the linear extent of the locking face of the entrance pallet is greater than that of the exit, although both represent an angle of one and a half degrees.  Really, in practice, this discrepancy is of little importance, as the same side-shake in banking would secure safety in either case.

[Illustration:  Fig. 19]

The fault we previously pointed out, of the generally accepted method of delineating a detached lever escapement, is not as conspicuous here as it is where the pallets are drawn with equidistant locking faces; that is, the inner angle of the entrance pallet (shown at s) does not have to be carried down on the arc d’ as far to insure a continuous pallet action of ten degrees, as with the pallets with equidistant locking faces.  Still, even here we have carried the angle s down about half a degree on the arc d’, to secure a safe lock on the exit pallet.


If we study the large drawing, where we delineate the escape wheel ten inches in diameter, it will readily be seen that although we claim one and a half degrees lock, we really have only about one degree, inasmuch as the curve of the peripheral line m diverges from the line B f, and, as a consequence, the absolute lock of the tooth C on the locking face of the entrance pallet E is but about one degree.  Under these conditions, if we did not extend the outer angle of the exit pallet at t down to the peripheral line m, we would scarcely secure one-half a degree of lock.  This is true of both pallets.  We must carry the pallet angles at r s n t down on the circles c’’ d’ if we would secure the lock and impulse we claim; that is, one and a half degrees lock and eight and a half degrees impulse.

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