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The Watt Governor

One of the first and best-known automatic feedback and control mechanisms of the modern age, the Governor of the Watt Steam Engine relied on the tension between gravity and centrifugal force created by the engine’s motion to operate a throttle thereby keeping the engine running at the right speed.

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One of the first and best-known automatic feedback and control mechanisms of the modern age, the Governor of the Watt Steam Engine relied on the tension between gravity and centrifugal force created by the engine’s motion to operate a throttle thereby keeping the engine running at the right speed.

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