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Boiler efficiency calculator, 1963
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Object statement
Circular slide chart, Boiler Efficiency calculator, plastic coated cardboard / metal, made by Babcock & Wilcox, Canada, 1963
This object is part of a collection relating to the history and development of computing and other information technology assembled by Assoc Professor Allan Bromley of Sydney University, comprising of calculators, mechanical and electronic analogue computers, computer components, kit computers, education computers, and associated ephemera.

Allan Bromley was a lecturer and researcher at the University of Sydney Basser Department of Computer Science from 1978 until his untimely death in August 2002. He specialised in Computer Architecture, Computer Logic and in particular the History of Computing. He was regarded as the world authority on Charles Babbage's Calculating Engines (instigating the rebuilt of DE2 at the Science Museum London) and the Antikythera Mechanism and had extensive knowledge on calculators, analogue computers, logic, stereopsis, totalisators, clocks and time keeping and mechanical engineering.

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Description
The boiler efficiency calculator consists of two concentric circles made from cardboard, and coated in a thin plastic film and attached together by a central metal ring. The top circle features in the centre "BOILER EFFICIENCY CALCULATOR" and the manufacturer information. Below this is a set of instructions on its use, while above there is a section for making calculations based on "Flue Gas Temperature, Oil, Natural Gas, Excess Air and Waste Percentages ranging from 65 to 45 percent. This section has a central strip cut out for viewing the values found on the lower slide. The inner circle, which is fixed in place, displays a selection of numerals and fractions which can be lined up with the appropriate sections on the top circle to give an accurate efficiency reading. The digits on this slide feature in a circular pattern around the entire card.

The back of the slide chart displays a series of instructions, diagrams and formulae relating to the calculation of heat loss in steam generating units and the causes of this including radiation, dry gasses, moisture and hydrogen.
Made: 1963

Owned: 1978 - 2002
Marks
In centre of slide, "BOILER EFFICIENCY CALCULATOR" and "Babcock & Wilcox, Canada"
2010/1/146
Production date
1963
Depth
3 mm
Diameter
198 mm

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Acquisition credit line
Donated through the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Program in memory of Associate Professor Allan Bromley, 2010
Subjects
+ Mathematics
+ Working life
+ Plumbing
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{{cite web |url=http://from.ph/372872 |title=Boiler efficiency calculator |author=Powerhouse Museum |accessdate=29 July 2014 |publisher=Powerhouse Museum, Australia}}


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