A Treatise on the Progressive Improvement and Present State of the Manufactures in Metal, Volume 1

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Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1831 - Iron-founding - History - 341 pages
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Page 191 - I was surprised at the prodigious number of blacksmiths' shops upon the road; and could not conceive how a country, though populous, could support so many people of the same occupation. In some of these shops I observed one or more females...
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Page 249 - At other times, when silver and steel have been very long in a state of perfect fusion, the sides of the crucible, and frequently the top also, are covered with a fine and beautiful dew of minute globules of silver ; this effect can be produced at pleasure. At first we were not successful in...
Page 28 - Every six days they call a founday, in which space they make eight tun of iron, if you divide the whole sum of iron made by the foundays : for at first they make less in a founday, at last more. The hearth by the force of the fire, continually blown, grows wider and wider, so that...
Page 104 - ... feet broad, with a handrail on one side, and planked in such a manner, that the traveller experiences all the tremulous motion of the chain, and sees himself suspended over a roaring gulph, on an agitated and restless gangway, to which few strangers dare trust themselves.
Page 151 - On no malleable iron railway has oxydization or rusting taken place to any important extent. I am inclined to think that this effect is prevented on the bearing surfaces of much used railways, by the pressure upon them. To account for their extraordinary freedom from rust, it is almost necessary to suppose, that some diminution takes place in the chemical affinity of the iron for the oxygen or carbonic acid. The continual smoothness in which they are kept, by the contact of the wheels, has the usual...
Page 27 - The hearth, or bottom of the furnace, is made of sandstone, and the sides round, to the height of a yard, or thereabout ; the rest of the furnace is lined up to the top with brick. When they begin upon a new furnace they put fire for a day or two before they begin to blow.

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