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William Fairbairn
The experimental engineer (Out of Stock)

William Fairbairn - The experimental engineer

Price: £40.00

Published by Railway and Canal Historical Society on 01/01/2017

ISBN : 978 0 901461 64 3

Written by Richard Byrom

Condition: Excellent

Dimensions: 250 mm x 175 mm

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William Fairbairn (1789-1874) was one of the greatest of 19th-century engineers yet he is strangely overlooked. This is the first definitive biography for 140 years.
It chronicles Fairbairn’s role in the development, in the UK and abroad, of mills, waterwheels, steam engines, boilers, iron steamships, locomotives, iron bridges, cranes and elevators including:
•Building some 500 railway locomotives.
•Constructing over a thousand iron railway bridges, including the first on a main-line railway (the Liverpool & Manchester), and the research for the Britannia and Conway tubular bridges.
•Invention of the tubular crane, one of which was the most powerful crane of its day and another the prototype of the railway breakdown crane.
•Experimental work on canal boats, leading him to advise that canals could not compete with railways for passengers.
•Building early iron steamships, including the Iron Duke – the first to cross the Atlantic.
It provides illustrations for many of today’s current areas of debate, as it discusses the sources of Fairbairn’s success, the extent of his influence and the reasons for the firm he founded failing within a year of his death.
Fairbairn was the leading experimental research engineer of his time; and his Manchester works were an outstanding success, with his trainees producing five professors of engineering and two engineers knighted for their work.
Fully researched and profusely illustrated, the book will appeal to all with an interest in engineering history: academics and non-academics alike

Hard cover, 440 pages including 191 illustrations

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