A device for determining the power of an engine. There are three basic types of dynamometer:

  1. Brake - some form of braking is used to absorb the engine power, this dissipated power is then measured or the torque required to stop the brake unit rotating is measured to calculate the output power.
  2. Inertia - an inertial mass is accelerated by the engine and the rate of change of speed is used to calculate the power.
  3. Motoring - in addition to some form of absorption system the dynamometer has an electric motor that can drive the engine in reverse.

Brake Dynamometers

Brake/Motoring Dynamometers

See also: Appold Dynamometer, Brake Horse Power.

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Subjects: Mechanical Engineering

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