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The Steam Engineer’s Handbook: A Convenient Reference Book, for All Persons Interested in Steam Boilers, Steam Engines, Steam Turbines, and the … Machinery of Power Plants

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?The Steam Engineer’s Handbook is volume that began for tradesmen in the early 20th century. Small, straightforward and satisfactory to requirements. It begins with practical mathematical guidance which could benefit any elementary student of applied mathematics. Volumes of cylinders, cubes and oblongs and equations for the measurement of pressure within a pipe or boiler. The contents hardly stop there however, and the reader can expect a practical guide to releva… More >>

The Steam Engineer’s Handbook: A Convenient Reference Book, for All Persons Interested in Steam Boilers, Steam Engines, Steam Turbines, and the … Machinery of Power Plants

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Lives of the Engineers (George and Robert Stephenson). – 01 – Introduction Part 2

Free audiobook recording of Lives of the Engineers (George and Robert Stephenson). – 01 – Introduction Part 2, by Samuel Smiles. Full playlist: http://www.yo…

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Steam Train Ride On Hamilton Model Engineers No.2 Track

A complete circuit of the number 2 track on “Dennis’s 4-6-4” Steam Locomotive. For club details see This track is open to the public “Sundays, weather permitting”. One of the best Model Engineer’s Tracks in the world, dual gauge, long runs, plenty of bridges and tunnels.

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Why did American engineers build steam locomotives differently than British engineers?

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how hard is it to get a stationary steam engineers license?

I would like to become a stationary steam engineer. I live in Ohio and I am wondering how hard the test is to pass. Also, are there any training programs here to take to learn some of the more technical parts of the job?

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Disneyland Railroad- Steam Train Engineers

At the Disneyland Resort, every role is a starring role. The Disneyland Railroad’s steam train engineers and maintenance team keep the park’s five locomotives running smoothly and on time. More than 256.5 million guests have taken the “grand circle tour” around Disneyland since the park opened on July 17, 1955.

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History of Famous British Engineers

History of Famous British Engineers


Britains history is made up of very famous engineers all through their history. This has made me decide to list just some of the most famous with links to websites with more details on the various engineers.


Thomas Savery (1650-1715)
Thomas Savery was an English military engineer and inventor who in 1698, patented the first crude steam engine.

James Watt (1736-1819)

Was the son of a merchant, was born in Greenock, Scotland, in 1736. At the age of nineteen Watt was sent to Glasgow learn the trade of a mathematical-instrument maker.

After spending a year in London, Watt returned to Glasgow in 1757 where he established his own instrument-making business. Watt soon developed a reputation as a high quality engineer and was employed on the Forth & Clyde Canal and the Caledonian Canal. He was also engaged in the improvement of harbours and in the deepening of the Forth, Clyde and other rivers in Scotland.

Thomas Telford (1757-1834) (Famous Bridge Builder)

Was the son of a shepherd, was born in Westerkirk, Scotland in 1757. At the age of 14 he was apprenticed to a stonemason. He worked for a time in Edinburgh and in 1792 he moved to London where he was involved in building additions to Somerset House. Two years later he found work at Portsmouth dockyard.


George Stephenson (1781- 1848)


Was a British engineer who designed a famous and historically important steam-powered locomotive named Rocket, and is known as the Father of British Steam Railways.

George Stephenson was born in Wylam, England, 9.3 miles (15 km) west of Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1748, a wagonway — an arrangement similar to a railway, but with wooden tracks and designed to support horse-drawn carts — had been built from the Wylam colliery to the River Tyne, running for several miles (several km). The young Stephenson grew up near it, and in 1802 gained employment as an engine-man at a coal mine. For the next ten years his knowledge of steam engines increased, until in 1812 he stopped operating them for a living, and started building them.


Charles Babbage (1791-1871) (Inventor of First Computer)

Charles Babbage was born in Teignmouth, Devon, in 1791. Educated at Trinity College Cambridge, he spent most of his life trying to build calculating machines. The first of these was designed to calculate tables of logarithms and similar functions by repeated addition performed by gear wheels. A small prototype model of the difference engine was produced in 1822 and this resulted in him receiving a government grant to build a full-sized machine.


Robert Stephenson (1803-1859)

In 1827 he began work on the Rocketlocomotive. Robert’s abilities as an engineer was illustrated by the success of the Rocket at the Rainhill Trials in October, 1829.


Isaambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859)

Was born in Portsmouth on 9th April, 1806. He was educated at Hove, near Brighton. In 1823 Brunel went to work with his father on the building of the Thames Tunnel. He was later to be appointed as resident engineer at the site.

In 1829 Brunel designed a suspension bridge to cross the River Avon at Clifton. His original design was rejected on the advice of Thomas Telford, but an improved version was accepted but the project had to be abandoned because of a lack of funds.

Sir William Arrol (1839-1913)

Sir William Arrol was born in 1839 and became famous for his building of the Forth Rail Bridge between North and South Queensferry in Scotland. The bridge with its three cantilever towers which are each 104m (340 feet) high was the design of Sir John Fowler (1817-98) and Sir Benjamin Baker (1840 – 1907) and was constructed by Arrol at a cost of some £2½ million. Building began in 1883 and took seven years to complete; the Prince of Wales at the time (later to become King Edward VII) finished the construction by driving home an inscribed gold rivet on 4th of March 1890.

Thomas Andrews (1873-1912)

Born in Comber (pronounced cum-ber), County Down, Thomas Andrews was the son of a politician and a mother whose father owned Belfast’s Harland and Wolff shipyard. In 1884 at the age of 11 Andrews entered the Belfast Academic Institute and left in 1889 to become an apprentice at Harland and Wolff where his parents paid the sum of £100 for his apprenticeship.

R.J.Mitchell (1893-1937) (Inventor of the Spitfire)

Perhaps Mitchell’s greatest legacy was the Spitfire single-seat fighter, designed between 1934 and 1936. It was a hybrid of many diverse technical developments. Using high-speed flight experience gained through the Schneider Trophy successes, influences from the German aircraft manufacturer, Junkers, and learning vital lessons from Supermarine’s unsuccessful Type 224, the Spitfire was a masterpiece of practical engineering design that Mitchell would never see fly in combat.

Sir Frank Whittle (1907-1996) (Inventor of the Jet Engine)

Whittle’s jet-propelled Gloster E28 took its first flight on 15th May, 1941 and travelled at speeds of 350 mph. This was followed by the Gloster Meteor that was used to intercept German V1 Flying Bomb. Power Jets Company was taken over by the British government in 1944.

Sir Christopher Cockerell (1910-1999) (Inventor of the Hovercraft)

In 1953 Cockerell began work on his invention the hovercroft. After successful experiments on Oulton Broad, Cockerell approached the government National Research Development Council (NRDC) who invested £1,000 in his invention. However, it took him another three years before he got full commercial backing for his project.

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Below is a list of more British Engineers.

James Abernethy – Scottish canal, marine and bridge engineer

John Aird – English engineer from the late 19th century

David Anderson – Scottish civil engineer and lawyer

William George Armstrong – British engineer and 22nd president of the Institution of Civil Engineers

Sir William Arrol – Scottish engineer involved with the construction of the Tay Rail Bridge, Forth Railway Bridge and Tower Bridge

Sir Ove Arup – Founder of Arup

John Aspinall – British railway engineer

Benjamin Baker – English engineer in late 19th century

James Arthur Banks – British Dam engineer

Robert Barker – English railway engineer who also played in the first ever football international game.

Peter W. Barlow – English engineer in late 19th century. Notable for Lambeth Bridge (old) and tunnelling shield

William Henry Barlow – English engineer in late 19th century; railway engineering

Sir John Wolfe-Barry – English engineer in late 19th century; designed Tower Bridge

John Frederic La Trobe Bateman – British hydraulic engineer

Sir Joseph Bazalgette – English engineer in late 19th century;

Sir George Berkley – British railway engineer

George Parker Bidder – British engineer; railways, telegraphs and hydraulics

Sir Alexander Binnie – English engineer in late 19th century; tunnels and bridges across the Thames

William Binnie – British waterworks engineer, son of the above

John Blenkinsop – English engineer in mid 19th century; railways, locomotives and mining

Benjamin Blyth – Scottish railway engineer

Benjamin Blyth II – Scottish railway engineer, first practising Scottish engineer to become president of the Institution of Civil Engineers

Sir Thomas Bouch – English engineer in late 19th century; first Tay Rail Bridge disaster

William Bragge – English engineer in the 19th century

Frederick Bramwell – British Engineer

James Brindley – English engineer from mid 18th century – canals and watermills

John Alexander Brodie – City Engineer of Liverpool and inventor of the football goal net

George Barclay Bruce – English railway engineer

Henry Marc Brunel – English engineer in late 19th century.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel – English engineer in mid 19th century – designed Great Western Railway, a series of famous steamships, and important bridges.

James Brunlees – Scottish engineer notable for designing Southend Pier

Peter Bruff – English engineer in 19th century. Notable for work in Clacton on Sea

Sir George Buchanan – British civil engineer associated with harbour works in Burma, Iraq and Bombay, during early 20th century.

William Tierney Clark – English engineer in mid 19th century; suspension bridges

Reginald Coates – British civil engineer and academic

John Coode – English engineer, notable for work on Portland Harbour

Henry Cronin – British civil engineer

William Cubitt – English engineer in 19th century.

Jonathan Davidson – British civil engineer

Sydney Donkin – British civil, mechanical and electrical engineer

Francis Drake

Thomas Dadford Junior — canals

Robert Elliott-Cooper – British civil engineer

William Henry Ellis – British civil engineer and steel maker

Joshua Field – telegraph cables, sewerage

Maurice Fitzmaurice – Irish bridge, dam and tunnel engineer

Ken Fleming – Northern Irish civil engineer and piling and foundations specialist

Sanford Fleming – railroads, time zone

Sir John Fowler – bridges

Sir Charles Fox – British railway engineer

Charles Douglas Fox – British railway engineer

Thomas Pierson Frank – British civil engineer

Ralph Freeman – English bridge and highways engineer

Buckminster Fuller

Angus Fulton – British civil engineer

William George Nicholson Geddes – Scottish engineer

Alexander Gibb – Scottish railway and military engineer

Alfred Giles – British civil engineer

William Glanville – British highways engineer

Charles Hutton Gregory – railways,

William Grierson – British railway engineer

John Griffith – Irish engineer

Sir William Halcrow – tunnels

Benjamin Hall, 1st Baron Llanover – Big Ben

Archibald Milne Hamilton – Callender-Hamilton Bridge and Hamilton Road in Kurdistan

Dr Edmund Hambly – British structural engineer

Sir William Gordon Harris – British docks and roads engineer

Thomas Elliott Harrison – British railway and bridge engineer

Arthur Hartley – British oil engineer

Sir John Hawkshaw – British railway and harbour engineer

John Clarke Hawkshaw – British engineer, son of the above

Thomas Hawksley – English engineer noted for his work on water supplies

Charles Hawksley – Son of the above, also a water engineer

Harrison Hayter – British railway and harbour engineer

Brodie Henderson – British railway engineer

Hugh Henshall – British canal engineer and student of James Brindley

Roger Hetherington – British civil engineer

Roger Gaskell Hetherington – British Ministry of Health civil engineer

Clement Hindley – British railway engineer

George Humphreys – British civil engineer

James Charles Inglis, British engineer

John Holmes Jellett – docks and harbours

John B. Jervis – canals and railroads

William Jessop – canals

Albert Mussey Johnson – helped design Scotty’s Castle.

Theodore Judah – railroads

Edward Judge – bridges

Alexander Kennedy – British maritime and electrical engineer and academic

Kirby Laing – former chairman of John Laing plc

Anthony George Lyster – British docks engineer

John MacAdam – roads

Sir John MacNeill – railways

William Mahone – plank road, railways

Robert Manning – Open channel flow

James Mansergh – English railway, water supply and sewage engineer

William Marriott – English railway engineer

William Matthews – British harbour engineer

William Maw – British railway engineer

Sir Henry Maybury – British railway and highways engineer

John Robinson McClean – British engineer, railways, water supply

Conde McCullough – bridges

Scott McMorrow – playwright, poet, and engineer

John Miller (engineer), 19th century Edinburgh-based railway engineer (Grainger & Miller)

Guilford Lindsey Molesworth – English railway engineer

General Sir John Monash GCMG, KCB, VD – bridges and precast concrete (also Commander of the Australian Corps in World War I)

Charles Langbridge Morgan – British civil engineer

James Morgan – Regent’s Canal

Basil Mott – mines, tunnels, bridges

Sir Alan Muir Wood – British tunnelling engineer

Benjamin Outram – canals

William N. Page – railways, mining

Frederick Palmer – Dockyards

William Barclay Parsons

Thomas Paton – British dam engineer

Allan Quartermaine – British civil engineer

Robert Rawlinson – English canal engineer and sanitarian

Richard Redmayne – British mining and civil engineer

Vernon Robertson – British civil engineer

Alexander Ross (engineer) – Scottish railway engineer

Leopold Halliday Savile – British reservoir engineer

Robert Stephenson – railways

Robert Stevenson – lighthouses

John Edward Thornycroft – British ship builder and president of the Institution of Civil Engineers

Ernest Crosbie Trench – British railway engineer

William Unwin – British civil and materials engineer

Charles Blacker Vignoles – British railway engineer

James Walker

William Kelly Wallace – Irish railway engineer

André Waterkeyn designed the Atomium

John Duncan Watson – British sewage treatment engineer

David Mowat Watson – British civil engineer

Francis Wentworth-Shields – British civil engineer

William Henry White – British engineer and chief constructor of the Admiralty

William Willcocks – British irrigation engineer served in India and Egypt

Edward Leader Williams – canals, bridges

George Ambler Wilson – British port engineer

Norman D. Wilson – mass transit

John Wolfe-Barry

A. Baldwin Wood – pumps

Edward Woods – British railway engineer

William Barton Worthington – British railway engineer

Robert Wynne-Edwards – British tunnel and pipeline engineer

Andrew Yarranton – English navigation engineer


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Process Plant on Turnkey Basis From System Engineers

Process engineering is applied into chemical processing,  pharmaceutical processing, Cement processing plant, Paper/ Packaging/ Leather/ Wood/ BOPP tapes/ Floor Tiles, Paint/ Paper/ Leather/ Flocking & non woven, Auxiliary Chemicals, Sizing Agents, Blinders for Dyeing & Printing and finishing of Textiles and etc..

There is one such organization is there which deal in these type of process machineries â??System Engineersâ?.

An amalgamation of multi-disciplinary engineering base with computerized design setup  & a strong experience accumulated over 25 years forms the base of System Engineers to serve the Process Industries. System Engineering undertakes detailed engineering assignments & turnkey projects installation. We offer  “Tailor made projects” from US $ 100,000 upwards along with one stop comprehensive project management services, Beginning with project identification  and taking it right up to level of commercial production. We also provide process know-how, engineering procurement and commission services.

Areas of Expertise :

» ADHESIVES            Paper/ Packaging/ Leather/ Wood/ BOPP tapes/ Floor Tiles .

» BINDERS     Paint/ Paper/ Leather/ Flocking & non woven.

» PAINTS        Decorative/ Industrial & Automotive.

» RESINS        Alkyd, Amino, PVA, Epoxy, UF & MF etc.


» TEXTILES    Auxiliary Chemicals, Sizing Agents, Blinders for Dyeing & Printing and finishing of Textiles.

» Waste oil processing in projects         Plants on turnkey basis for waste oil/lube oil dewatering and processing.

Design Engineering

Complete Project Engineering and management :

� Preparation of equipment specification, sizing of utility and plant layout.
P & ID drawings, piping & isomeric drawings.
Detail mechanical design of various equipment such as Pressure vessels, Heat exchangers, Tanks, Filter, Dryer, Distillation column, Reactor, crystalliser, etc. observing various International codes like ASME SEC II, V, VIII, & IX, TEMA, API 650, ANSI B 31.3.     

Process Plant on Turnkey Basis

â?¢ Emulsion Polymerization Plants to process: Textile Binders, softeners, sizing agent for

   Dyeing/Printing and Finishing & Auxiliary chemicals.

â?¢ Adhesives for wood, paper, floor tiles, Flocking and non â??woven cloth, BOPP tapes

â?¢ Specialty chemicals for Leather industry

â?¢ Plasticisers such as DOP, DBP, DMP etc.

� Waste oil processing in projects : Plants on turnkey basis for waste oil/lube oil                                                          dewatering and processing

System Engineers manufactures Process equipment in Carbon steel, Alloy steel, stainless steel types: SA 516 GR 60, 70, SA 240- TP 304,316,321 etc. Equipment offered are:

Storage Vessels & Reaction Vessels

â?¢ As per ASME codes. The storage vessels are made in capacity ranging from 5000 lt. To

  100,000 lt. Both in horizontal as well as vertical construction.

â?¢ Agitated vessels: Vessels with jacket/limpet/internal coil. Vessels with different types of

   stirrers: Anchor, propeller, turbine etc.

â?¢ Multi shaft specialized dispersion vessels.

System Engineers Storage Calorifiers offer vast rage for Industrial and Domestic Hot water supply systems. Specially designed Very High efficiency Heat Exchanger provide most Economical solutions. System Engineers Calorifiers would use various different Primary Heating Systems.

Low temperature hot water is the most common means of heating. Flows are usually based on a temperature drop of 11°C(from 8271°c)

Medium temperature hot water systems are generally designed on a temperature drop 30°C (from 12090°C).

High temperature hot water systems are generally y designed on a temperature drop of 40°C (from 150110°C).Another important factor in the selection of primary water heating systems is the working pressure. Where the primary working pressure is greater than the shell design pressure the calorifier must be fitted with a bursting disc sized in accordance with the requirements of BS 853. Primary water pressure drops are generally not greater than 25kPa.

Steams is an ideal medium for water heating. The heat exchangers can be designed to accommodate a wide range of pressures, although most users prefer to have calorifiers operating with pressures below 10 Bar g. Superheated steam can be accommodated and the degree of superheat should always be stated at the enquiry stage.

Thermal oils have the benefit of high temperature combined with low operating pressures. The heat exchangers are generally manufactured from stainless steel, depending on oil type.

At System Engineers, Calorifier vessel is Designed as per ASME code where as Heat Exchanger follows TEMA standards. System Engineers is Certified ISO 9001:2000 company, accordingly a full material trace ability is offered. Third party inspection control can be accommodated. This requirement must be stipulated at the quotation stage.

Commercial Calorifiers

All commercial calorifiers carry a name plate specifying the following:

– Date of Manufacture

– Maximum working pressure, test pressure

– Calorific Capacity

Stainless Steel Shells

Austenitic Stainless Steel SS 304L & 316L is suitable for storage calorifiers, it contains Chromium, Nickel, Molybdenum and has a low carbon content 0.003% to improve corrosion resistance after welding. The passivity and general corrosion resistance of Austenitic stainless steel is excellent but they do suffer from chloride attack.

Good manufacturing techniques and a correct post manufacture treatment to restore the stainless steel to its original properties can reduce the susceptibility but complete corrosion attack can not be prevented.

U-Tube Battery For Calorifier

This is the most common type of heat exchanger used in calorifier manufacturing. High efficiency tubes unaffected by thermal expansion provide extremely high levels of reliability. To ensure a high heat transfer capacity a wide range of multi-pass exchangers are available. Standard bundle arrangements are manufactured from 20mm tube although other diameters are used depending upon the duty requirement. Tubes are generally welded into the tube plates. For tube bundles with straight lengths greater than 1250mm support baffles are fitted as standard. In order to ease disassembly batteries greater than 350mm in diameter are fitted with a tapped hole to accept a lifting eye. In addition runner wheels, collar bolts and starting screws can be supplied. Tubes are available in copper & stainless steel.

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