prony brake

\\ˈprōnē-\ noun
Usage: usually capitalized P
Etymology: after G. C. F. M. Riche, Baron de Prony died 1839 French engineer
: a friction brake or absorption dynamometer in which the pull on the flywheel friction blocks is measured by a spring balance or weighted lever — compare rope brake

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a friction brake serving as a dynamometer for measuring torque.
[named after G.C.F.M. Riche, Baron de Prony (d. 1839), French engineer]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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