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The Steam Engine; Its History and Mechanism: Being Descriptions and Illustrations of the Stationary, Locomotive, and Marine Engine, for the Use of Schools and Students (Classic Reprint)
by:Robert Scott Burn
It is but just, however, to state, that the new theory of heat now being submitted to the test of experiment, will modify very much the theory of the steam-engine. Until the new views, however, have been conclusively affirmed, it would be premature here to specify them; we shall therefore confine ourselves to a statement of the theory of the steam-engine...
It is but just, however, to state, that the new theory of heat now being submitted to the test of experiment, will modify very much the theory of the steam-engine. Until the new views, however, have been conclusively affirmed, it would be premature here to specify them; we shall therefore confine ourselves to a statement of the theory of the steam-engine as generally received. When a quantity of water is heated until it arrives at a certain fixed temperature, an elastic fluid or aqueous vapour is evolved; this is called steam, and resembles in many of its properties common air. Like air, it is elastic, capable of being reduced in bulk by compression; the pressure which it exerts in the vessel into which it is compressed being exactly in proportion to the amount of compression, (S ee volume on Natural Philosophy in this series.) Like air, steam is also capable of an increase of volume or bulk ;this expansion reducing the pressure on the vessel in which it is allowed to expand just in proportion to the amount of expansion.(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. Read books online for free at www.forgottenbooks.org
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