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Francis Turbine

 
 
Francis Turbine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 3, 2009
1. Francis Turbine Marker
Inscription. This Francis Type Turbine was used on the Tredegar site in the early twentieth century and is very similar to one of the five turbines located near the building to your left. It was built by the S. Morgan Smith Company of York, Pennsylvania. By turning the wheel attached to the gears, the cylinder gate (the part with the fin-like openings) moves in and out, controlling the amount of water passing into the turbine, thus controlling the power. The water pushes the buckets of the runner, turning the power shaft.
 
Location. 37° 32.123′ N, 77° 26.761′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Tredegar Street 0.1 miles west of South 5th Street. Click for map. This marker is located outside the Civil War Visitor Center at Tredegar Iron Works. Marker is at or near this postal address: 470 Tredegar Street, Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Adapting Power (here, next to this marker); Early Industrial Patterns (here, next to this marker); The Bulldozer Press (a few steps from this marker); Historic Tredegar (a few steps from this marker); Tredegar in 1951
Francis Turbine image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 3, 2009
2. Francis Turbine
(within shouting distance of this marker); Raceways (within shouting distance of this marker); President Lincoln Visits Richmond (within shouting distance of this marker); Toledo 1000-ton Press (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
 
More about this marker. On the left is an illustration of turbine components carrying the caption, "Several other turbines of this type were used by the Tredegar Iron works, including another S. Morgan Smith turbine in the raceway next to the Pattern Building."

On the lower right is a photograph of a turbine with the caption, "Shown here are a Runner (right) and a Cylinder Gate (left) from a typical Francis–type turbine designed by John McCormick."
 
Also see . . .  Civil War Visitor Center at Tredegar Iron Works. Richmond National Battlefield Park (Submitted on November 12, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. 20th CenturyIndustry & Commerce
 
Francis Turbine image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 8, 2009
3. Francis Turbine
Turbine casing image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 8, 2009
4. Turbine casing
Close up of the Francis Turbine image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
5. Close up of the Francis Turbine
Francis Turbine Display image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 3, 2009
6. Francis Turbine Display
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,149 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   6. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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