Transactions of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters
volume IV (1876-1877)
King, Chas I.
Boiler explosions, pp. 151-163 PDF (4.0 MB)
Boiler Explosions. BOILER EXPLOSIONS. BY CHAS. I. KING, Superintendent University Machine Shop. In considering the subject of Boiler Explosions, I am aware that it has heretofore received the attention of many able theorists and mechanical engineers who do not agree in their conclusions. That such diversity of opinion exists, is natural from the various conditions of the matter discussed. What is here prepared may not be new, but the subject is of --such--vast-importance, that even repetition may be pardonable. If we for a moment consider the field, we find that its extension precludes comprehending the whole in one short paper, which covers the subject proportionally, as the hand might cover a table. That the astonishing developments, attained by the use of steam in the various industries throughout the country, must be ascribed to its universal success as a moderately cheap prime mover none can deny; and the facility with which it can be em- ployed in any section of the land enables the manufacturer to locate his mills wherever desirable, and then transport to them the mo tive power. Without it, he must be content with the water courses wherever they may be found, and ever after transport the material of man- ufacture to and from the market. Without it many of our large cities and manufacturing centers could not exist to-day. Only while it is considered less danger. ous or less expensive than other agents, can steam maintain its now prominent position of principal motive power for nearly all branches of manufacture, transportation, etc. There are considerations in connection with the present methods of utilizing steam, which, looked upon from every point, would indicate clearly that we are justified by no means in accepting it as the most economical prime mover obtainable. Many unsuc- 151
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