Oil Mill Gazetteer

Oil Mill Gazetteer

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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. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ... eco nomic, however serious they may be. HERRMANN & WOLF. GAZETTEER 11 FIRES IN COTTON GINS PREVENTABLE. The main cause of the frequent and destructive fires in the cotton gins of the south is static, or frictional, electricity---an element easily controlled by simple methods. That is shown by investigations of the United States Department of Agriculture. This article tells how to prevent fires from static electricity, and suggests methods for the prevention of fires from matches or other foreign material in cotton, from friction, from cotton hanging to ribs in the gin, or from other possible causes of less importance. Gin Blazes T00 Frequent. So freqeunt were the mysterious gin fires--the losses in Texas alone in 1917 being estimated at a million dollars--that rumors of alien enemy activity spread through the country. Whereupon Uncle Sam decided it was high time to discover the why and wherefore of such fires, and how the great supply of cotton destroyed in this manner might be saved for its many uses, and sent several experts to Texas to determine the cause and the preventive. What Causes Gin Fires? In the first place, the government inspected some 470 gins, asking the managers for a report on the number of fires they had experienced. Out of this number, 287 managers reported a total of 607 fires in 1918, the complete details for only 394 of which, however, were available. According to the ginners, matches were responsible for 205 fires, the presence of cotton in the ribs for 25, matches or foreign material for 25, and foreign material for 16. Other causes mentioned were hot boxes, friction, and static electricity, while in 67 cases no definite cause could be given. Testing the Match Theory. From the ginners' statements it...
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  • Paperback | 106 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 204g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236789008
  • 9781236789006