A Short History of the Steam Engine

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 17, 2011 - Technology & Engineering - 300 pages
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A Short History of the Steam Engine, first published in 1939, remains one of the most readable and clear explanations of the topic for the non-specialist. H. W. Dickinson limits himself to stationary engines and boilers, and only touches on the beginnings of locomotive and marine engines. He puts the stages of development in their context, showing how economic and social factors were involved in the evolution of the steam engine. The illustrations are plentiful and the text, while technical, never becomes impenetrable. The successive improvements to the simple engines of the seventeenth century, as new materials or purposes arose, are developed chapter by chapter to the twentieth century. Each engineer was building on the work of his predecessors, rather than there being any single inventor of genius. Dickinson also wrote biographies of key figures of the Industrial Revolution, which are being reissued in this series.
 

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Contents

Introductory
1
Savery and his Fire Engine
18
Newcomen and his Vacuum Engine
29
The Atmospheric Engine in the period between
54
Watt and his Separate Condenser Engine
66
LowPressure and HighPressure Engines 1801
90
Land Boilers up to 1850
117
From Heyday to Recession 1851 to the Present
135
Philosophy of the Steam Engine
173
Kinetic Energy of Steam and Pioneers of its
185
Other Turbine Pioneers
207
General Development from 1900 to the Present
225
Development in Boilers 1901 to the Present
236
Conclusion
246
Index
249
Copyright

Land Boilers 1851 to 1900
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