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“The ‘Crinoline’ of Our Steam Engineers”: Reinventing the Marine Compound Engine, 1850–1885

Edited by Crosbie Smith

in Geographies of Nineteenth-Century Science

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780226487267
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226487298 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226487298.003.0010
“The ‘Crinoline’ of Our Steam Engineers”: Reinventing the Marine Compound Engine, 1850–1885

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This chapter examines public testing of engine technology and advances in the use of high-pressure steam for power during the period from 1850 to 1885. It provides an account of how steamships and their builders were subjected to the so-called trial by space. This chapter describes the various time trials that Victorian steamships underwent, the technological innovations that were involved and the debates surrounding how the trials were witnessed.

Keywords: engine technology; steam engine; public testing; steamships; trial by space; technological innovations; power; time trials

Chapter.  10977 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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