On today's edition of Steam Culture, Brent gives us a history lesson in steam. He discusses Birdsill Holly, Jr., an entrepreneur and inventor who ultimately invented the fire hydrant. Birdsill was involved in a number of different ventures prior to the invention of the Holly Fire Protection System.
Today Brent takes a look into Con Edison, which is one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the United States, servicing Manhattan. He also discusses the steam explosion in Midtown Manhattan in 2007.
The explosion sent up a geyser of hot steam about 40 feet in the air. The failure of an 83-year-old, 24-inch underground steam pipe near Grand Central Terminal is to blame for the explosion during the evening rush hour.
In today's Boiling Point, we chat with our Boiler University instructor and Hey Jude segments host, Jude Wolf. In this episode, we will see a demonstration of how total dissolved solids affect your boiler system. Jude gets a little creative and uses spaghetti noodles to do it! He also shows us the process of deaeration.
Steam Culture stood true to its meaning on this week's episode! Brent took a dive into the topic of Steam Punk and how it relates to our culture today. Steam Punk is a mix between Sci-fi and Victorian era clothing, steam-era powered machinery, personalities and literature. You can find this genre in movies such as Van Helsing or The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
Every engineer understands that the road to success in this industry is through real-life experience - not a textbook. While classroom time is crucial for fundamentals, nothing can compare you for the unpredictable. That's where Boiler U comes in.