In compiling this work on the uses and application of acetylene, the special aim of the authors has been to explain the various physical and chemical phenomena:
(1) Accompanying the generation of acetylene from calcium carbide and water.
(2) Accompanying the combustion of the gas in luminous or incandescent burners, and
(3) Its employment for any purpose--(a) neat, (b) compressed into cylinders, (c) diluted, and (d) as an enriching material.
They have essayed a comparison between the value of acetylene and other illuminants on the basis of "illuminating effect" instead of on the misleading basis of pure "illuminating power," a distinction which they hope and believe will do much to clear up the misconceptions existing on the subject. Tables are included, for the first time (it is believed) in English publications, of the proper sizes of mains and service-pipes for delivering acetylene at different effective pressures, which, it is hoped, will prove of use to those concerned in the installation of acetylene lighting systems.