Power from Steam

Power from Steam : A History of the Stationary Steam Engine

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Power from Steam is the first comprehensive history of the steam engine in 50 years, following the development of the reciprocating steam engine. Hills covers its history from its earliest form to the beginning of the twentieth century when it was replaced by the steam turbine. Although the first steam engine was used to pump water, its development really started with the mechanisation of the textile industry. This development is studied closely and the theoretical understanding of its operation is covered. The background of thermodynamics is introduced to show how science and design coupled to produce increasingly more efficient and powerful engines. This book will be indispensable to steam power enthusiasts as well as historians of technology.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 77 b/w illus. 16 tables
  • 1139242326
  • 9781139242325

Table of contents

1. The noblest machine; 2. The impellant force of fire; 3. Common old smoking engines; 4. The economy of power; 5. The devil of rotations; 6. Such unbounded power; 7. Good servants but bad masters; 8. An uncultivated field; 9. The new theory of heat; 10. The internal operation of the machine; 11. Such absolute smoothness; 12. Twinkle twinkle little arc; 13. The drive for efficiency; 14. An economical source of motive power; 15. The most economical mode of obtaining power; Bibliography.show more

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'His book should do much to help the appreciation of these engines and their contribution to the economy of manufactures.' The Times Higher Education Supplement ' ... a work that succeeds in exploring the inter-relationship between the practical and theoretical aspects of the steam engine.' Stationary Engine Research Group Bulletin 'The text is well researched and is a comprehensive history of the development of the steam engine.' The Manchester Association of Engineers 'This is an excellently produced book which is authoritative and readable and everyone seriously interested in the steam engine will need a copy.' Colin Bowden, The Newcomen Societyshow more