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Les Fours Électriques et leurs Applications

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ALL thermo-electric effects in which electricity is the prime agent are regarded by the author as coming within the scope of the title of this book, the grounds being that all forms of apparatus for converting electrical energy into heat, come under the generic head of fours électriques. The book thus includes not only descriptions of electric furnaces in which temperatures approaching four thousand degrees are reached, but also of simple conductors and resistance coils raised a few degrees above the temperature of the atmosphere by the electric current. The first part of the volume is devoted to an account of the heating effects of electricity; it includes descriptions of the heat produced by a current passing through a metallic resistance, the maximum temperatures of conductors, and electric heating generally. The remaining three parts deal with the electric arc and arc-carbons of various forms, electric furnaces and their applications, and carbide of calcium and acetylene.

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