Oil Field Engineering Volume 16

Oil Field Engineering Volume 16

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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. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ...the motor or to accelerate it rapidly; the smoky exhaust; the great amount of carbon deposited in the cylinders; the ready accumulation of dirt where kerosene is spilt, and the odor which pervades the car. Even if kerosene could be used successfully in motors of the automobile type (especially the pleasure vehicle, which demands a "sweet" fuel), the limitations of supply applicable to gasoline would soon apply to kerosene. Ethyl alcohol was originally--about the eighth century--obtained by the distillation of wine and was used principally as a medicine----in fact, as a certain panacea for all human ills. Raymond Lullius, the explorer, who commanded several African expeditions, acquired a knowledge of the process of its making and doubtless was the first to introduce alcohol into Europe. The alcliemists of the thirteenth to the fifteenth centuries extended the use of alcohol, and produced what is known as "brandy." In the latter form it was heralded as a preventative of the recurring epidemics such as the pest or plague. The distillation of alcohol from grain became known in the sixteenth century, and that its volume reached formidable proportions may be assumed from the fact that the authorities issued interdictions against it upon the theory that too much grain would be withdrawn from other channels. of trade and that in case of a crop failure a dearth of bread corn might result. Ethyl alcohol is now manufactured from various materials containing sugar or starch, the principal substances being Indian corn, maize, rye, wheat, barley, rice, potatoes, beets, fruits, molasses and other direct or indirect products of the soil. It is manifest. therefore, that the sources of alcohol are inexhaustable, or, as it has been...
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  • Paperback | 398 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 21mm | 708g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236856163
  • 9781236856166