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by TriangleTom
Mon Mar 16, 2020 3:43 am
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: Quad versus twin compound
Replies: 12
Views: 7497

Re: Quad versus twin compound

Exhausting up the stack should be done with a nozzle to increase velocity, the little steam cars did that to maximize the effectiveness. Traction engines and locomotives did this as well. How big? What shape? I think only R&D would answer that. Ron I believe that in locomitives, the most effective ...
by TriangleTom
Mon Mar 16, 2020 12:30 am
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: Quad versus twin compound
Replies: 12
Views: 7497

Re: Quad versus twin compound

I took the stock turbochager off my '87 Buick Grand National in the pursuit of more speed and more frequent tire replacements... We put it on my father's launch "George H. Sandin" initially as forced draught. It worked so incredibly well. You have to have very good sealing around the door, lagging,...
by TriangleTom
Tue Dec 17, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: My column-style steamengine
Replies: 74
Views: 26758

Re: My column-style steamengine

Beautiful work on the troughs! I look forward to reading each one of these.
by TriangleTom
Fri Nov 15, 2019 2:51 am
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: Cylinder Sleeves
Replies: 5
Views: 3383

Re: Cylinder Sleeves

If you have the cylinders cast in aluminum then the thing to do would be to sleeve them with cast iron. Sleeves of almost any size are available from automotive sources. I've been shrinking them in for years. This scheme has the added advantage of allowing you to do a very accurate job of locating ...
by TriangleTom
Fri Nov 15, 2019 2:09 am
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: Cylinder Sleeves
Replies: 5
Views: 3383

Cylinder Sleeves

I recently called a local foundry to inquire about having my cylinders cast, however I was surprised to learn that while they do work in steel, they won't pour cast iron. I've redesigned my engine to use aluminum cylinders and receivers, but I'm concerned that aluminum may be too soft and will be sc...
by TriangleTom
Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:25 am
Forum: Steamboat Photography
Topic: Smithsonian : America in Color: Coming to America
Replies: 5
Views: 3515

Re: Smithsonian : America in Color: Coming to America

That looks like a great film Reminds me of an incredible colourized film: "They Shall Not Grow Old" especially poignant since the 100th anniversary of the armistice (Remberace Day) last year (101 years Monday) [Youtube]http://youtu.be/IrabKK9Bhds[/Youtube] I was lucky enough to see that twice last ...
by TriangleTom
Tue Oct 22, 2019 1:20 am
Forum: Members' Websites and Boats
Topic: DetroiTug's Tug is going together
Replies: 388
Views: 234618

Re: DetroiTug's Tug is going together

What with the weather we have in Oklahoma, it's one of the one things I've definitely decided I'm putting in to the boat when it gets built.

Working for a fan coil manufacturer probably helps :D
by TriangleTom
Tue Oct 15, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Members' Websites and Boats
Topic: DetroiTug's Tug is going together
Replies: 388
Views: 234618

Re: DetroiTug's Tug is going together

Steam driven refrigeration compressor? haha The thought has crossed my mind. It's really not bad in the engine room if heading in to the wind, down wind is another story. -Ron If the river water is cool enough, you could probably get away with just running a small single-pipe fancoil off of an inve...
by TriangleTom
Wed Oct 02, 2019 2:41 am
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: And Now for the Twin
Replies: 159
Views: 58420

Re: And Now for the Twin

Love these posts! How are you planning on attaching the cylinder supports to the bedplate?
by TriangleTom
Tue Sep 24, 2019 5:13 am
Forum: Anoraks Corner
Topic: Quiet on here?
Replies: 31
Views: 16524

Re: Quiet on here?

I think a lot of the reasons that young people aren't joining the hobby have to do with a simple lack of awareness that it even exists. I myself only discovered it after speaking to some exhibitors of old launch engines at a traction engine show here in Oklahoma, and I can't imagine that's a terribl...