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The Application of Radiant Heat to Metal Finishing

Nature volume 154, page 594 (11 November 1944) | Download Citation



THIS useful little book is very rightly critical of the indiscriminate use of the term 'infra-red' to describe radiant heat sources, for one cannot but be amused to see a battery of brightly incandescent lamps referred to as an 'infra-red' lamp heating plant. After a short introductory chapter on radiant heat and its advantages, the authors describe the principles of heat transfer, giving the physical laws pertaining thereto and an elementary treatment of some of the mathematics involved. Thereafter, the study is essentially of a practical nature and includes the history of the 'infra-red' process, reflectors, plant construction and design, paint formulation and the field of application of radiant heating.

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