Historical Data of Steam Pumping Engines

Issue 9 and Volume 64.

Historical Data of Steam Pumping Engines Among the earliest practical applications of steam power was its use in lifting water. Thomas Savery, in 1698, patented in England a steam pump which consisted of a receiver to which steam was admitted. The valve on the steam pipe was then closed and water was played on the outside of the receiver, condensing the steam and producing a vacuum. The water to be lifted was forced by atmospheric pressure through the suction pipe and check valve into the receiver. Steam was again turned on and the water forced into the discharge pipe through a check valve by the steam pressure. This was a very wasteful engine, and as boilers at that time could not be made to stand more than 15 pounds pressure, it could only raise water to a limited height. James Watt, who was the first to apply scientific principles to…

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