Age of Steamer

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Steamer

In order to fully understand how a steamer works, it is important for us to understand what is and how did steam came about. So let start….

What is steam?

Steam in refer to vaporized water in terms of physical chemistry and in engineering. It is considered as pure invisible white mist (a gas which is not poisonous). It is produce from boiling water as the hot vapor ("steam" in the first sense) mixes with the cooler air in the atmosphere. Stream is only produceat a standard atmospheric pressure, which is when temperature reaches around 100 degrees
Celsius. After this gaseous steam intermixes with the air, it is no longer considered as steam, but instead better referred to as water vapor.

Steam occupies about sixteen hundred times the volume of liquid water. It can be said that steam can be hotter to a greater extent that the boiling point of water. This is usually referred to as superheated steam.

A good example of liquid water is lava. When this very hot liquid water substance comes in contact with water it can flash into steam very quickly. This reaction is called a steam explosion. Such explosion is often responsible for much of the damages cause in Chernobyl accidents around the world.

How was steam discovered?

During the classical world, the initial human knowledge of the power of steam were described from various machines using steam for such purposes as opening temple doors or blow a horn. The uses of steam power engines used to entertain and astonish scientists and interested parties rather than for the practical or economic purposes.

It wasn't until much later during the industrial revolution that the engine powered by steam, commonly known as the "steam engine" was used. The structure of the steam engine is made up of a piston or turbine where it is driven by the expansion of steam so that it can perform mechanical work. Soon after other industrial applications of steam was developed as a storage area of energy. This was achieved by extracting the heat and transferring through the uses of pipes.

The uses of steam today…

Due to water's high heat vaporization, steam is a capacious reservoir for energy. It is also important that condensed steam can be return as water-liquid to the boiler at high pressure with relatively little expenditure of pumping power. It is this that has lead to further development of steam powered appliances. These can include:


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