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MACHINES OR ENGINES, IN GENERAL OR OF POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT TYPE, e.g. STEAM ENGINES (of rotaty-piston or oscillating-piston type F01C; of non-positive-displacement type F01D; internal-combustion aspects of reciprocating-piston engines F02B 57/00, F02B 59/00; crankshafts, crossheads, connecting-rods F16C; flywheels F16F; gearings for interconverting rotary motion and reciprocating motion in general F16H; pistons, piston rods, cylinders, for engines in general F16J)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Machines or engines, in general or of positive-displacement type

References relevant to classification in this subclass
This subclass/group does not cover:
Rotary-piston or oscillating-piston type
Non-positive-displacement type
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Internal combustion engines
Internal combustion aspects of reciprocating piston engines
Crankshafts, crossheads, connecting-rods
Flywheels
Gearings for interconverting rotary motion and reciprocating motion in general
Pistons, piston rods, cylinders for engines in general
Cyclically operating valves for machines or engines
Lubrication of machines or engines in general
Steam engine plants
Glossary of terms
In this subclass/group, the following terms (or expressions) are used with the meaning indicated:

In patent documents the following abbreviations are often used:

Engine
a device for continuously converting fluid energy into mechanical power, Thus, this term includes, for example, steam piston engines or steam turbines, per se, or internal-combustion piston engines, but it excludes single-stroke devices.
Machine
a device which could equally be an engine and a pump, and not a device which is restricted to an engine or one which is restricted to a pump.
Pump
a device for continuously raising, forcing, compressing, or exhausting fluid by mechanical or other means. Thus, this term includes fans or blowers;
Positive displacement
Means the way the energy of a working fluid is transformed into mechanical energy, in which variations of volume created by the working fluid in a working chamber produce equivalent displacements of the mechanical member transmitting the energy, the dynamic effect of the fluid being of minor importance, and vice versa ;
Non-positive displacement
means the way the energy of a working fluid is transformed into mechanical energy, by transformation of the energy of the working fluid into kinetic energy, and vice versa ;
Oscillating-piston machine
means a positive-displacement machine in which a fluid-engaging work-transmitting member oscillates. This definition applies also to engines and pumps
Rotary-piston machine
means a positive-displacement machine in which a HYPERLINK "http://www.wipo.int/ipcpub/glossary?lang=en&symbol=global&term=fluid" \t "_blank" fluid-engaging work-transmitting member rotates about a fixed axis or about an axis moving along a circular or similar orbit. This definition applies also to HYPERLINK "http://www.wipo.int/ipcpub/glossary?lang=en&symbol=global&term=engin" \t "_blank" engines and pumps
Rotary piston
means the work-transmitting member of a rotary-piston machine and may be of any suitable form, e.g., like a toothed gear;
Free piston
means a piston of which the length of stroke is not defined by any member driven thereby;
Cylinders
"cylinders" means positive-displacement working chambers in general. Thus, this term is not restricted to cylinders of circular cross-section;
Main shaft
means the shaft which converts reciprocating piston motion into rotary motion or vice versa ;
Plant
means an engine together with such additional apparatus as is necessary to run the engine. For example, a steam engine plant includes a steam engine and means for generating the steam
Working fluid
means the driven fluid in a pump or the driving fluid in an engine. The working fluid can be in a compressible, gaseous state, called elastic fluid, e.g. steam; in a liquid state; or in a state where there is coexistence of an elastic fluid and liquid phase.
Reciprocating-piston machines or engines characterised by number or relative disposition of cylinders or by being built-up from separate cylinder-crankcase elements (F01B 3/00, F01B 5/00 take precedence)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Reciprocating-piston machines or engines with cylinder axes coaxial with, or parallel or inclined to, main shaft
Reciprocating-piston machines or engines with cylinder axes arranged substantially tangentially to a circle centred on main shaft axis
{the connection of the pistons with an element being at the outer ends of the cylinders}
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 1/0603

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{the connection of the pistons with an actuating or actuated element being at the inner ends of the cylinders}
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 1/062

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Reciprocating-piston machines or engines with cylinder axes coaxial with, or parallel or inclined to, main shaft axis
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 3/00

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{having stationary cylinders}
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 3/0002

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{having two or more sets of cylinders or pistons}
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 3/0005

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{having self-acting distribution members, e.g. actuated by working fluid}
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 3/0008

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{Cylindrical distribution members}
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 3/0011

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{Conical distribution members}
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 3/0014

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{having rotary cylinder block}
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 3/0032

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{inclined to main shaft axis}
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 3/0038

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{Arrangements for pressing the cylinder barrel against the valve plate, e.g. fluid pressure}
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 3/0041

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{Particularities in the contacting area between cylinder barrel and valve plate}
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 3/0047

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{Bearing arrangements}
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 3/005

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{Cylinder barrel}
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 3/0052

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{Conical valve means}
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 3/0061

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{Swash plate}
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 3/007

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{Connection between cylinder barrel and inclined swash plate}
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 3/0076

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{having pistons with rotary and reciprocating motion, i.e. spinning pistons}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

having pistons with rotary and reciprocating motion, i.e. spinning pistons. The piston reciprocates and e.g. by means of a curved groove on the outer circumference will also rotate, (spin) along its longitudinal axis.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Piston motion being transmitted by curved surfaces, e.g. by cams or grooves
Piston machines or pumps in which the valving is performed by pistons and cylinders coacting to open and close intake or outlet ports, the pistons and cylinders being relatively reciprocated and rotated
with wobble-plate
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 3/02

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the piston motion being transmitted by curved surfaces
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 3/04

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{by two or more curved surfaces, e.g. for two or more pistons in one cylinder}
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 3/045

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by multi-turn helical surfaces and automatic reversal
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 3/06

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the helices being arranged on the pistons
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 3/08

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Control of working-fluid admission or discharge peculiar thereto (suitable for more general application F01L)
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Cyclically operating valves for machines or engines
{for machines with rotary cylinder block}
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 3/103

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{by turning the valve plate}
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 3/104

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{by changing the inclination of the swash plate}
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 3/106

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{by turning the swash plate (with fixed inclination) }
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 3/108

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{by changing the inclination of the axis of the cylinder barrel relative to the swash plate (F01B 3/106 takes precedence) }
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
By changing the inclination of the swash plate
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 3/109

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Reciprocating-piston machines or engines with cylinder axes arranged substantially tangentially to a circle centred on main shaft axis
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 5/00

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{the connection of the pistons with an actuated or actuating element being at the outer ends of the cylinders}
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 5/003

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{the connection of the pistons with an actuated or actuating element being at the inner ends of the cylinders}
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 5/006

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Machines or engines with two or more pistons reciprocating within same cylinder or within essentially coaxial cylinders (in opposite arrangement relative to main shaft F01B 1/08)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Coaxial cylinders in opposite arrangement relative to main shaft
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 7/00

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with oppositely reciprocating pistons
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 7/02

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using only connecting-rods for conversion of reciprocatory into rotary motion or vice-versa
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 7/06

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with side rods
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 7/08

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having piston-rod of one piston passed through other piston
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 7/10

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using rockers and connecting-rods
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 7/12

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acting on different main shafts
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 7/14

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with pistons synchronously moving in tandem arrangement
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 7/16

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with differential piston (F01B 7/20 takes precedence)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
With two or more pistons reciprocating one within another
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 7/18

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with two or more pistons reciprocating one within another, e.g. one piston forming cylinder of the other
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 7/20

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Reciprocating-piston machines or engines characterised by connections between pistons and main shafts and not specific to preceding groups (connections disengageable during idling F01B 31/24)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Reciprocating-piston machines or engines characterised by connections between pistons and main shafts and not specific to preceding groups.

E.g. when no recognisable crank shaft is present or the main shaft is a cam shaft:

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References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Idling devices characterised by disengagement of connections between pistons and main shafts during idling
with crankshaft
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 9/02

e.g. non-conventional crankshafts:

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{of Bourke-type or Scotch yoke}
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 9/023

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with rotary main shaft other than crankshaft
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 9/04

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{the connections comprising gear transmissions}
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 9/042

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{with rack and pinion}
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 9/047

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the piston motion being transmitted by curved surfaces
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 9/06

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with ratchet and pawl
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 9/08

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Reciprocating-piston machines or engines without rotary main shaft, e.g. of free-piston type
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Free-piston combustion engines
{in which the movement in the two directions is obtained by one double acting piston motor}
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 11/001

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{one side of the double acting piston motor being always under the influence of the fluid under pressure}
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 11/002

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{the fluid under pressure being continuously delivered to one motor chamber and reacting the other chamber through a valve located in the piston, to bring the piston back in its start-position}
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 11/003

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FR2508568 A1

{in which the movement in the two directions is obtained by two single acting piston motors, each acting in one direction}
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 11/004

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{one single acting piston motor being always under the influence of the fluid under pressure}
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 11/006

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"...the steam supplied through the inlet 13 and the passage 12 enters the port 18, and acting upon the 1 upper face of the element 4 of the double piston (4,5), causes the latter to move downwards against the opposing action of the steam continuously supplied to the space 11...

{in which the movement in only one direction is obtained by a single acting piston motor, e.g. with actuation in the other direction by spring means}
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 11/007

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{with actuation in the other direction by gravity}
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 11/008

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{in which the movement in two directions is obtained by two or more double acting piston motors}
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 11/009

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Equalising or cushioning devices
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 11/02

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Engines combined with reciprocatory driven devices, e.g. hammers (with pumps F01B 23/08; predominating aspects of driven devices, see the relevant classes for the devices)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Adaptations of engines for driving, or combinations with, pumps
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 11/04

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for generating vibration only
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 11/06

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with direct fluid transmission link (F01B 11/02 takes precedence)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Equalising or cushioning devices
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 11/08

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Reciprocating-piston machines or engines with rotating cylinders in order to obtain the reciprocating-piston motion (machines or engines of flexible-wall type F01B 19/00)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Machines or engines of flexible-wall type
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Internal combustion engine aspects
with one cylinder only
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 13/02

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with more than one cylinder { (F01B 3/0032 takes precedence) }
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 13/04

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{with cylinder axes arranged substantially tangentially to a circle centred on main shaft axis}
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 13/045

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{the connection of the pistons with the actuated or actuating element being at the outer ends of the cylinders}
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 13/061

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{the connection of the pistons with an actuated or actuating element being at the inner ends of the cylinders}
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 13/068

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Reciprocating-piston machines or engines with movable cylinders other than provided for in group F01B 13/00 (with movable cylinder sleeves for working fluid control F01L)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Reciprocating-piston machines or engines with movable cylinders other than provided for in group F01B 13/00.

E.g. reciprocating-piston machines or engines having reciprocating cylinders or pivoting and oscillating cylinders.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Movable cylinder sleeves for working fluid control
Reciprocating-piston machines or engines characterised by use of uniflow principle
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Reciprocating-piston machines or engines characterised by use of uniflow principle:

E.g. compressed gas engines where the working fluid enter a working cylinder, expands and then exits the cylinder.

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Glossary of terms
In this subclass/group, the following terms (or expressions) are used with the meaning indicated:

In patent document the word "uniflow" is often used with the meaning "open circuit where gas enters cylinder, expands, and is then released"

Engines
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Compressed gas engines.

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Arrangement or mounting of steam or gaseous-pressure propulsion units of the piston type in vehicles
Arrangement or mounting of plural diverse prime-moves for mutual or common propulsion, prime movers comprising combustion engines and a chargeable fluidic accumulator
Ultra-small engines, e.g. for driving models
{with fluid heating}
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 17/022

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{using separators}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Separators for separating liquid or oil from compressed gas for gas engines.

Steam engines
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Steam engine plants
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Ultra small engines:
Toys
Positive-displacement machines or engines of flexible-wall type
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Positive-displacement machines or engines of flexible-wall type. E.g. where the piston is made of a diaphragm or bellows.

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with plate-like flexible members
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 19/02

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with tubular flexible members
Special rules of classification within this group

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in F01B 19/04

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Combinations of two or more machines or engines (F01B 23/00 takes precedence; regulating or controlling, see the relevant groups; combinations of two or more pumps F04; fluid gearing F16H)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Combinations of two or more machines or engines. E.g. a combined internal combustion engine and steam engine.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Combinations of engines with devices driven thereby
Combinations of two or more pumps
Adaptations of machines or engines for special use; Combinations of engines with devices driven thereby (F01B 11/00 takes precedence; fluid gearing F16H; aspects predominantly concerning driven devices, see the relevant classes for these devices; regulating or controlling, see the relevant groups)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Reciprocating-piston machines or engines without rotary main shaft, e.g. of free-piston type
Adaptations of combustion engines for driving vehicles of for driving propellers
Adaptations of combustion engines for driving pumps, hand-held tools or electric generators; portable combinations of engine with engine-driven devices, e.g. with non driven apparatus
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Controlling combustion engines
Fluid gearing
Regulating, controlling, or safety means (regulating or controlling in general G05)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Controlling internal combustion engines
Controlling and regulating in general
Starting of machines or engines (starting combustion engines F02N)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Starting combustion engines
Component parts, details, or accessories not provided for in, or of interest apart from, other groups (machine or engine casings, other than those peculiar to steam engines, F16M)
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Machine or engine casings, other than those peculiar to steam engines
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Last Modified: 10/11/2013