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Power from Steam : A History of the Stationary Steam Engine - Richard L. Hills

Power from Steam

A History of the Stationary Steam Engine

Paperback Published: 18th October 1993
ISBN: 9780521458344
Number Of Pages: 356

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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.

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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 Society

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementp. ix
List of figuresp. xi
List of tablesp. xv
The noblest machine: The steam engine in textile millsp. 1
The impellent force of fire: The first steam engines, Savery, Newcomen (1600-1730)p. 13
Common old smoaking engines: The development of Savery and Newcomen engines (1730-1790)p. 31
The economy of power: Watt's separate condenser and first rotative engines (1765-1785)p. 51
The devil of rotations: Watt's engines for driving mills (1790s)p. 70
Such unbounded power: Early high pressure engines (1790-1835)p. 95
Good servants but bad masters: Boiler development (1700-1860)p. 120
An uncultivated field: More high pressure and compounding (1830-1850)p. 141
The new theory of heat: Theories of Carnot, Clausius, Joule and others (1820-1850)p. 162
The internal operation of the machine: Improved valve gear and horizontal engines (1840-1880)p. 173
Such absolute smoothness: Higher speed, better governors, power transmission (1860-1880)p. 193
Twinkle twinkle little arc: Steam engines for generating electricity (1880-1900)p. 213
The drive for efficiency: Superheating, multiple expansion, introduction of steel (1880-1910)p. 234
An economical source of motive power: The uniflow engine (1880-1940)p. 258
The most economical mode of obtaining power: The first steam turbines (1880-1920)p. 281
Notesp. 293
Bibliographyp. 318
Indexp. 327
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ISBN: 9780521458344
ISBN-10: 052145834X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 356
Published: 18th October 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.06 x 15.44  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.54

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