Metals; Their Properties and Treatment

Metals; Their Properties and Treatment

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ...It is customary, therefore, to melt the tin first with twice its weight of copper, so as to obtain hard metal, which is then added to the proper proportion of copper melted on the hearth of the reverberatory furnace, care being taken to exclude the oxygen of the air from the hearth, and to mix the metals thoroughly by stirring them with a wooden pole. The formation of the alloy is facilitated by the addition of some old gun-metal. A little more than the necessary proportion of tin is usually added, in order to allow for the unavoidable conversion of a portion of that metal into oxide by the oxygen of the air. When the metals are thoroughly mixed, the oxide is skimmed from the surface, and the gun-metal is tapped into moulds made of loam, the stirring being continued while it is running, to counteract the tendency of the alloy to separate into two parts, as above alluded to. For the same reason, the alloy is run into the mould at a temperature as little as possible above its point of solidification, so that it may not long remain liquid in the mould. In spite of these precautions, a partial separation of the metals always takes place, so that the upper portion of the casting contains more tin than the lower. On this account, it is usual to cast guns with their muzzles upwards, in moulds which are prolonged, in the form of an inverted truncated cone, to about three feet beyond the required casting; the excess of metal, amounting to about twice the weight of the gun, forms what is called a dead-head, the weight of which tends to prevent the separation of the metals in the lower part of the casting. This dead-head exhibits a kind of ebullition during the solidification, and a considerable separation, at its upper part, of an alloy containing...show more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236974476
  • 9781236974471