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NATURAL GAS TRANSPORTATION.

Issue 22 and Volume 1887 1.

NATURAL GAS TRANSPORTATION. A PLAN proposed for transporting natural gas long distances substitutes for the forcing process, an exhaust at low pressure and in large mains. Fans would be located ten to forty miles apart, according to the undulations of the line. These would be about sixteen feet in diameter, and be boxed into the conduit; a twenty horse-power engine would drive this fan at about thirty to fifty revolutions per minute. The pipes would be sheet-iron and five feet in diameter. A siphon is also proposed, in which two lines of pipe would be used ; in ascending a hill the lower pipe would be provided with burners to heat and ratify the gas ; and after the summit was passed an upper pipe would discharge a spray of water over the gas mains and thus condense the gas. The risk of explosion and scarcity of water on hill-tops…

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