Taking Property is Something You Shouldn’t Do Lightly

In my last post Hard Currency, Soft Currency and Dollar Hegemony I discussed the effects of sanctions and currency restrictions could have to undermine the unique status of USD. In this post I'll take a look at something that is becoming fashionable to believe in this country: the idea that we should seize assets of Russian … Continue reading Taking Property is Something You Shouldn’t Do Lightly

Hard Currency, Soft Currency and Dollar Hegemony

In its dealings with first the Chinese and later with the Soviets, one of the first things Vulcan learned was the difference between hard and soft currency. That was true both in the travel expenses and in the process of selling equipment (and later buying equipment and technology.) Let's start with the Chinese: this notice … Continue reading Hard Currency, Soft Currency and Dollar Hegemony

Forging Practice – Kamenshchikov, Koltun, Naumov, Chernobrovkin — Mir Books

In this post, we will see the book Forging Practice by G. Kamenshchikov; S. Koltun; V. Naumov; B. Chernobrovkin. About the book All machines are built up of parts made of different materials and by various manufacturing processes. Some parts are cast from metals; some are forged, while others are produced by machining on different […]Forging … Continue reading Forging Practice – Kamenshchikov, Koltun, Naumov, Chernobrovkin — Mir Books

Steel Foundry Practice – Bidulya — Mir Books

In this post, we will see the book Steel Foundry Practice by P.N. Bidulya. About the book A book describing various aspects of steel foundries. The book was translated from Russian was published in 1960 by Peace Publishers. Credits to original uploader. You can get the book here. Follow us on The Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/@mirtitles Follow […]Steel … Continue reading Steel Foundry Practice – Bidulya — Mir Books

Foundry Practice Now in Print

Last October we featured the downloadable book Foundry Practice – Titov, Stepanov — Mir Books. Vulcan had a foundry for most of its existence, and relied heavily on sand cast (and other processes) products for its pile driving equipment. Now we offer this in print. You can order this book by clicking here. The book provides … Continue reading Foundry Practice Now in Print

A Short Handbook of Heat Treatment – Kamenichny — Mir Books

In this post, we will see A Short Handbook Of Heat Treatment by I. Kamenichny . About the book The present hand book aims at giving the operating personnel of heat-treatment shops a reference book which would serve to overcome difficulties arising in everyday practice. The handbook describes heat-treatment charts, heat-treatment procedures for tools, parts […]A … Continue reading A Short Handbook of Heat Treatment – Kamenichny — Mir Books

The Dymo Embossing Labeller: A Vulcan Office Technology

In a company that maintained some kind of office for more than a century, Vulcan used many office technology that would be considered "legacy" today. In this case we'll consider one: the Dymo Embossing Labeller, in this case a Mark VI (M-6.) https://youtu.be/pZ0Gr8IZrAI It's shown in the context of the Fluid Mechanics Laboratory at UTC, … Continue reading The Dymo Embossing Labeller: A Vulcan Office Technology

Vector Statics and “Old Coot” Statics: An Example

One thing that I bring up over and over again in my Soil Mechanics and Foundations courses is "static equilibrium," the summation of forces and moments for a given foundation. That's a good thing, because civil engineers are deeply disturbed when what they design moves and generally freak out when that happens. However, the usual … Continue reading Vector Statics and “Old Coot” Statics: An Example

Those Pesky Kilogram-Force Units

Generally speaking, engineers educated in the U.S. must be educated in two units: the U.S. system (the Brits abandoned the Imperial system long ago) and the S.I. system, commonly called the "metric system." I say commonly because they're not really the same; countries that have been using the system the French came up with it … Continue reading Those Pesky Kilogram-Force Units

Raymond 60X Hammer

Raymond Concrete Pile Company (later Raymond International) was in its day the greatest pile driving organisation in the world. It either developed or perfected many of the techniques which are standard for designing and installing driven piles today. The most significant of these was the wave equation, the brainchild of Raymond's chief mechanical engineer, E.A.L. … Continue reading Raymond 60X Hammer