SHORT STORIES OF GREAT INVENTIONS

A L. Jordan
1917 School Science and Mathematics  
18. THE ELECTRIC FURNACE. Electric heating dates from the time of Volta and Davy, but the first experiment in electrometallurgy was the production of cementation steel by William Pepys (Eng.) about 1815. It was not until 1853 that attempts at electric furnaces were made, one in England by J. H. Johnson, another in France by Pichou. These were commercial failures. The first furnace attracting public attention was that of William Siemens in 1878, where the molten metal formed one electrode. The
more » ... ne electrode. The Cowles Brothers (Eng.) in 1884 and 1885 finally succeeded in the production of aluminum alloys, and aluminum itself was made (by a combination of the electrolytic and heating effects)
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