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To Hbnri Jacques Giffard, an eminent French mathematician and engineer, belongs the honor of having invented the simplest apparatus for feeding boilers that has ever been devised, utilizing in a novel and ingenious way the latent power of a discharging jet of steam. From the time of his graduation from VE cole Centrale in 1849, Giffard had directed his...
To Hbnri Jacques Giffard, an eminent French mathematician and engineer, belongs the honor of having invented the simplest apparatus for feeding boilers that has ever been devised, utilizing in a novel and ingenious way the latent power of a discharging jet of steam. From the time of his graduation from VE cole Centrale in 1849, Giffard had directed his energies to the study of aeronautics and had spent much time in developing a light steam motor for propelling balloons; it is, therefore, not strange that he should also have attempted to devise a compact and convenient substitute for the steam pumps then in use. Already a number of patents had been granted him for the application of the steam engine to aerial navigation and for other correlated inventions when, on May 8, 1858 letters patent were issued for UI njedeur A utomoteur, His early technical education and wonderful ingenuity well fitted him for breaking away from the old beaten paths and starting out on a new line of discovery; and in view of the originality of his work he fully deserved the unqualified praise accorded him by his contemporaries. Upon purely theoretical grounds the method by which he proposed to force a continuous stream of water into the boiler appeared to be entirely feasible and would, if practicable, possess many advantages over the intermittent systems.(Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)About the Publisher Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, History, Folklore and Mythology.Forgotten Books' Classic Reprint Series utilizes the latest technology to regenerate facsimiles of historically important writings. Careful attention has been made to accurately preserve the original format of each page whilst digitally enhancing the aged text.
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