Boiler explosions

Rick A Mar 22, 2020

  1. Rick A

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    A few vintage publications about boiler explosions.

    The cause and preventive of steam boiler explosions ..1855 Harshman, Jacob
    https://archive.org/details/causepr...h/steamboat+explosions?q=steamboat+explosions


    Records of steam boiler explosions 1872 Marten, Edward Bindon
    https://archive.org/details/records.../search/boiler+explosions?q=boiler+explosions



    Steam-boiler Explosions, in Theory and in Practice 1887 Robert Henry Thurston

    https://archive.org/details/steambo.../search/boiler+explosions?q=boiler+explosions



    Steam boiler explosions 1890
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    Colburn, Zerah, 1832-1870

    https://archive.org/details/steambo.../search/boiler+explosions?q=boiler+explosions


     
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    Steam is amazing. The power contained within a boiler is fantastic. Some of the photos I have seen, of them after being hurled unbelievable distances- all that weight......
     
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    A couple of boiler explosions from a 1910 issue pf Power and the Engineer 1910 Boiler explosion    1.jpg 1910 Boiler Explosion.jpg 1910 Boiler explosion    2.jpg 1910 Boiler explosion    3.jpg
     
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    Cannot quite read the second article.

    In the first, it would be interesting to know what the conclusion of any investigation might have found. Also, did he really switch insurance providers, as the article alludes? The article talks about the boiler working pressure being higher (75psi?) than the claimed 65 psi, which has me wondering if they knew it had a flaw, and were trying to sneak by....
     
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    During WWII Allied fighter pilots were instructed that when engaging an enemy steam locomotive to fire at the front or middle sections of the locomotive.

    While shooting at the cab might injure or kill the crew, which was considered a good thing as they were skilled workers and difficult to replace, there was also a good chance of putting a round through the boilers crown sheet thus producing a steam explosion and the very real possibility of hurling the engine into the flight path of the attacking aircraft/s.
     
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