The Mastery and Uses of Fire in Antiquity: A Sourcebook on Ancient Pyrotechnology

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Overview

This unusual study, written by an engineer with expertise in industrial research and pyrotechnology, combines archaeological investigation with technical instruction to examine the scientific and chemical processes which resulted in the ancient furnace. The scope of the book is comprehensive and includes the successes and failures of over 10,000 years of history. Subjects include the use of fuels according to the products made, temperature control, deforestation and the smelting and use of copper and iron. This useful reference work contains varying amounts of technical language, with most jargon confined to the more detailed appendices, in order to make the subject matter more available to a wider readership.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773520677
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.31 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

J.E. Rehder has been a consultant of metallurgy in the United States and Canada. He has published widely on metallurgy and is a former senior research associate in the department of metallurgy and materials science at the University of Toronto.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Preface
Introduction 3
1 The Nature of Heat and the Management of Its Temperature 9
2 How Furnaces Work 13
3 The Properties and Combustion of Biomass 25
4 Furnace Configurations for Biomass Fuel 38
5 Products Made in Antiquity in Biomass Fuelled Furnaces 46
6 The Manufacture and Properties of Charcoal 55
7 Combustion in Beds of Lump Charcoal 63
8 Combustion Air Supply for Charcoal 74
9 Furnace Configurations for Charcoal Fuel 84
10 The Reduction of Metals and the Functions of Slags 101
11 The Smelting of Copper 113
12 The Smelting, Forging, and Properties of Iron 122
13 Fuel Consumption by Pyrotechnology in Antiquity 145
14 Fuel Supply and Deforestation 153
15 Artifacts from the Operation of Furnaces 160
App. 1 Combustion in Fuel Beds of Charcoal 167
App. 2 Pressure Drop in Tuyeres and Fuel Beds and Power Required 175
App. 3 Natural Draft in Fuel Beds 180
App. 4 A Furnace to Reliably Make a Bloom of Iron 189
Glossary 195
References 199
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