A range of spring loaded poppet valves designed to automatically stop an engine by closing down the air intake should excessive overspeeding occur. Build options are available to suit virtually all popular combinations of engine ratings and air intake pipe size.
The closing force on the valve is provided by the intake air flow passing through. As the air flow increases, the closing force builds up. This is resisted by the valve spring, the pre-load on which is adjustable such that at a given airflow the resulting force overcomes the spring resistance and causes the valve to close. Once closed the valve will not reset to the open condition until the engine stops.
This type of valve may be fitted to either naturally aspirated or turbocharged engines. It should be noted however that for a given valve setting the repeatability of the actual shut down speed has a greater scatter in the case of a turbocharged engine. However, unless for special reasons a precisely repeatable shutdown speed is required, adequate protection from excessive overspeed and potential resulting damage is still achieved.
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