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Ref NoDM1306/11/1/2/folio 139-148
TitleEastern Steam Navigation: Experiments on the Inflammability of various sorts of Wood in their natural state, compared with those which were prepared by Lieut. Jackson's Process
DescriptionThe report describes the process for carrying out experiments aimed at determining how easily different types of treated and untreated wood burn. The experiment also describes the effect on different thicknesses of wood and describes the length of time taken for the wood to catch fire and how badly burned or charred each piece of wood is. The report remarks on one wood sample which burned particularly fiercely and which came from the Great Western Ry [Railway?]. There are small sketches on Folios 139, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146 and 147 illustrating the furnaces used for the experiment and how some of the different samples were positioned in the furnace. The report ends with a summary of the results, including a list of the woods sampled in order of increasing flammability, the effect of Lieutenant Jackson's preparation and the fact that the prepared woods off-gas some kind of unidentified gas which prevents combustion but which also gives off fumes when burning and leaves the burnt wood a yellowish colour.
Date18 June 1855
FormatManuscript volume
Extent10 pages
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