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Research involving food-borne pathogens

2015-02-26 Posted By: Birgitta Reynolds
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Shoptalk: Acetylene Generator

2015-02-18 Posted By: Patty Weaver

Shoptalk—deciphering architectural and historic preservation jargon one word at a time!

Term:
acetylene generator

Definition:
self-contained device that generates acetylene gas, by mixing calcium carbide and water, to be burned for light and heat (Sources: 1. Gas Lighting – Beyond the City, Old House Web. 2. Acetylene: The Principles of its Generation and Use, F.H. Leeds & W.J. Atkinson Butterfield, 1903.)

Examples: Coal gas was commonly used in large cities to provide light and heat in the 19th century. In fact, Baltimore, Maryland installed the first gas streetlight system in the United States in 1816. The first private residence in the U.S. to use gas for lighting was in Philadelphia.

During that time it wasn’t easy or cost effective to supply rural, isolated areas with coal gas for light and heat. Fortunately for those in rural areas, acetylene was rediscovered in the 1860s and inventors in the 1890s developed acetylene generators. These generators could be placed in commercial buildings or houses with supply lines running from the generators to appliances such as acetylene gas lamps.

Acetylene generator diagrams
Acetylene generators generally used one of two methods as diagramed below. Figure 209 shows the carbide added to water method and figure 2010 shows the water added to carbide method. (Source: Mechanics of the Household, Page 298, E.S. Keene, 1918.)

Section of home using acetylene generator
Figure 212 shows a home with a acetylene generator feeding heating as well as both indoor and outdoor lighting. (Source: Mechanics of the Household, Page 301, E.S. Keene, 1918.)

 

 

New KU Residence Halls Named

2015-02-13 Posted By: Emily Bengoa
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The envy of every school in the nation.

2015-02-13 Posted By: Birgitta Reynolds
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Shoptalk: Sleeping Porch

2015-02-04 Posted By: Patty Weaver

Shoptalk—deciphering architectural and historic preservation jargon one word at a time!

Term:
sleeping porch

Definition:
Predominantly found in the South, these porches were popular in early 20th-century architectural styles. The porches were often enclosed or screened and were used for sleeping during the warm summer months before the dawn of air conditioning. Summer sleeping porches are typically located on the second floor above open-air porches on the north or east sides of the house to limit exposure to the setting sun. They often have two to three walls of windows to maximize air flow. (Source: McAlester, Virginia & Lee. A Field Guide to American Houses. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1984, pg. 332.)

Sleeping porch in Kansas City, MissouriSleeping porch shown on left over the open lower-level porch at 801 Huntington Road, Kansas City, MO. (Source: Missouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri.)

Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic SitePhotograph of the sleeping porch in the main house of the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, Hyde Park, New York, USA. Photo by Rolf Müller.

Game-changing Engineering Research Facility

2015-01-30 Posted By: Birgitta Reynolds
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New College of Pharmacy program

2015-01-30 Posted By: Birgitta Reynolds
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New Front Door for Engineering: Building for Student Success

2015-01-30 Posted By: Birgitta Reynolds

New Front Door for Engineering: Building for Student Success

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2015 Canstruction - Celebrating our KC Royals!

2015-01-13 Posted By: Jac Samp

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Massive reaction wall

2014-12-30 Posted By: Birgitta Reynolds
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