King's Treatise on the Science and Practice of the Manufacture and Distribution of Coal Gas Volume 3

King's Treatise on the Science and Practice of the Manufacture and Distribution of Coal Gas Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...of the fact that it is about the earliest attempt to make use of gas at all, than for any practical utility there is about the invention; for the product of coal under distillation not being at that time understood, it was scarcely possible to give intelligent direction to any application of it. In the year 1823, Mr. Samuel Brown, of Lambeth, took out a patent for obtaining motivepower from what he calls inflammable gas, and to him must be given the credit of having been the first to suggest any practical idea or means whereby motive-power was to be obtained from the use of coal or other inflammable gases. The principle on which he endeavoured to work was that of bringing into play the pressure of the atmosphere. In his first specification he describes three applications of this principle--first, for raising water for turning an over-shot water-wheel; and second, for raising water from wells or rivers. The appliances for raising water are nearly the same in both instances, the only difference being the presence or absence of the water-wheel. For lifting the water the machinery consisted of two separate cylinders, communicating by pipes with the water below, and supplied with the necessary machinery for the admission of the gas and air. The cylinders were filled and exploded alternately, the expanded gases consequent on the explosion being allowed to pass freely away until rarefaction set in, when the valves closed automatically, so that the condensation which took place acted upon the surface of the water below, which, impelled by the atmospheric pressure outside, rushed up into the cylinder to take the place of the condensing gases. After this, air was admitted into the cylinder, and the water was allowed to flow out by another valve to where it...show more

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  • Paperback | 226 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 413g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236512529
  • 9781236512529