Talk:Band brake

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Definition[edit]

I believe this definition of 'band brake' is, at best, misleading. Frankly, I'd say it is incorrect. I am not expert on band brakes, so I am not qualified to write an enduring article on the band brake. I think someone else should. I would read it with interest.

Why do I think this definition is incorrect?

It states an application of a device as the device itself. Bear with me in the following hypothetical example. What is a solar panel? If I tell you a solar panel is a water heating device, I am mistaken, (pause), even wrong. Heating water with a solar panel is an application of how a solar panel is used. A solar panel is a device that collects lights' radiant energy and transfer that energy into a more usuable form. These panels are used for more that just heating water!

Similarly, a band brake is NOT a measuring device. It is a brake! Using the band brake as a torque measuring device is an appropriate application of the brake. The whole current article should be used as one example of how the band brake is used in the real world. Like the solar panel, the band brake is used in all sorts of other applications; stopping go carts, stopping escalators, stopping fans or blades and on and on.

A band brake is a device that slows or stops a rotating mass via a friction band. It is NOT a measuring device! I am interested in a qualified someone writing the article on the band brake. Comments?? Mkogco4 (talk) 16:44, 15 July 2008 (UTC)Glen

I think you said it well enough to have made the changes. I already added my two bits to the same effect. I have personally seen band brakes in chain saws and winches, and I am sure there are many similar applications. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 67.69.19.58 (talk) 14:18, 24 April 2009 (UTC)
I agree with the above. My experiences with a band brake is that it's used as a brake, not a measuring device. However, I don't think the current text should be scrapped, but I think it needs to be moved to a different article with the correct name. Wizard191 (talk) 16:37, 8 May 2009 (UTC)
It appears that what is described in this article is a De Prony brake. Unless I'm mistake, I think this should be merged into that article. Wizard191 (talk) 16:42, 8 May 2009 (UTC)

Only the last paragraph of the Band Brake article is appropriate for band brakes in general. The preceding paragraphs describe one unique, and quite rare, variation of the Prony brake. I would like to add that I have never seen the term "De Prony brake" used in the original texts by such authors as Flathers, Kent, and Thurston. I believe that "Prony Brake" is the appropriate term and that the title should be revised accordingly. I tried to submit a major revision to the "De Prony Brake" article but have not been successful. Slidevalve (talk) 16:06, 11 May 2009 (UTC)

This isn't the place to argue the proper name for "De Prony brake", not that I'm saying that you are wrong, but I recommend you start a new thread on the talk page of that article. As for the merge, unless someone pipes up soon, I'm going to merge the two. Wizard191 (talk) 18:06, 11 May 2009 (UTC)

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This article has been found to be edited by students of the Wikipedia:India Education Program project as part of their course-work. Unfortunately, many of the edits in this program so far have been identified as plain copy-jobs from books and online resources and therefore had to be reverted. See the India Education Program talk page for details. In order to maintain the WP standards and policies, let's all have a careful eye on this and other related articles to ensure that no copyrighted material remains in here. --Matthiaspaul (talk) 11:48, 5 November 2011 (UTC)